[Billy Tipton Trio album cover. Billy Tipton was born female but had a successful jazz career as a man. Gratuitous Georgia connection here.]
The Richmond Daily Dispatch reports the case of a young man jailed for cross-dressing in Georgia.
Deranged case of infatuation with petticoat
–Unusual Public Exhibition.–
Anne William Charles Waters, a young man, dressed as female apparel was arrested in Augusta, Ga, last week and taken by the officers to the City Hall where the citizens might see him and guard against imposition in future. The Constitutionalist gives the following account of this victim to petticoat infatuation, taken from his own confession.
He was born in Chelsea, England, and had the propensity for dressing in women’s clothes when a child. For this he was often chastised, but the singular taste could not be corrected. On arriving in America, at Philadelphia, we believe, he has apprenticed to a machinist. But his old habits would not be thrown aside. He again assumed his female attire, and came to Charleston from which place he went to Savannah, where he was exposed, furnished with male apparel and sent to New York.
After a while, he came South again, and in passing the Federal lines, was arrested as a female spy, but allowed to pass. He has traveled over the South a great deal and has gone as far as Mobile. On arriving in Macon recently, a “nice young man” offered his services as an escort to Augusta, but when Charlie was arrested here the “nice young man abed addled” [sic]
On arriving in this city, and while in the ominous Charlie was recognized by a male acquaintance from Savannah, who had made him (Charlie) some foolish little presents, and informed the notice of his sex. This was about the sum of the individual’s statement. We learn, also, that he has been in this disguise, with occasional exceptions, for about fifteen years, and that he visited our city some three or four years ago. He resembles a woman in appearance very much; is about the ordinary height of a woman, has long hair, a smooth face and a soft voice, and is almost thirty years of age.
Charlie professes to be willing to serve the Confederacy in any way that he can except “soldiering,” as he has no penchant for male pursuits, but is willing to go into the hospitals as nurse, or any other useful capacity. He has been remanded to jail for the present to await further developments.