December 4, 1862: Watching out for transvestites in Virginia

Cross-dressing could land you in jail in the old South, as we’ve seen before. This time it’s a false alarm — they sent a detective to check out someone who just turned out to be a man who seemed effeminate. From the Richmond Daily Dispatch:

Supposed Female proved to be a man

–A very feminine-looking party stopped at the American Hotel a few days since, whose appearance led to the suspicion that it was a lady dressed in male apparel. A detective of the Eastern District was engaged to arrest the woman — if it was a woman,–but as it proved to be a real man, no arrest was made; and the scandal of having a fast young lady in male attire in the house was proved to be groundless.

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