Give the Anderson a Wide Berth

DANGEROUS PRACTICE. — The adolescent juvenility of the city are much given to practicing the dangerous amusement of clinging to the engine Jos. R. Anderson, as it passes through 8th street, from the Petersburg to the Fredericksburg Depot.  An unlucky slip will cause some of them to be crushed into jelly, when a great hue and […]

100 White Girls to Work on Cartridges

WANTED! WANTED! WANTED! — 100 White Girls to work on Cartridges, at the Laboratory C. S., corner 7th and Arch streets.  Good wages will be paid, if immediate application is made. W. N. SMITH, M. S. K., C. S. A. — Richmond Enquirer, 12 October 1861, p. 3, c. 6.

Estimated Expenses at VMI in 1861

VIRGINIA MILITARY INSTITUTE. AS soon as the Cadets now in the field can be spared from the duties upon which they are now detached, they will return to the Institute, and regular Academic exercises will be commenced. In the meantime, young men of good character, who desire the advantages of the military instruction of the […]

The Applause Fairly Rent the Sky

Effect of the News at Richmond. So soon as the news of the surrender of Fort Sumter reached Richmond a procession of citizens was formed, which marched up Main street, headed by Smith’s Armory Band, and bearing the flag of the Southern Confederacy. The procession had swelled to about three thousand persons, by the time […]

A Gross Abuse of Language

The withdrawal of a State from a league has no revolutionary or insurrectionary characteristic.  The government of the State remains unchanged as to all internal affairs.  It is only its external or confederate relations that are altered.  To term this action of a Sovereign a ‘rebellion’ is a gross abuse of language. — Jefferson Davis.

My Heart Bleeds

What a cruel thing is war; to separate and destroy families and friends, and mar the purest joys and happiness God has granted us in this world; to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbours, and to devastate the fair face of this beautiful world!  I pray that, on this day […]

Down With the Eagle and Up With the Cross

Our flag is proudly floating On the land and on the main, Shout, shout the battle cry of Freedom! Beneath it oft we’ve conquered, And we’ll conquer oft again! Shout, shout the battle cry of Freedom! Our Dixie forever! She’s never at a loss! Down with the eagle And up with the cross! We’ll rally […]

Save in Defense Will Draw My Sword on None

I can anticipate no greater calamity for the country than a dissolution of the Union.  It would be an accumulation of all the evils we complain of, and I am willing to sacrifice everything but honour for its preservation.  I hope, therefore, that all constitutional means will be exhausted before there is a resort to […]

God & Our Country

This Second National pattern flag, carried during the War of Northern Aggression by the Consolidated 6th & 7th Arkansas Infantry Regiment, is currently housed in the Old State House Museum in Little Rock, Arkansas.  In official service from May 26, 1863 to March 4, 1865, the pattern became known as the “Stainless Banner” due to its pure white field. […]

Designed Especially for the Instruction of the Slaves

In 1862, under the auspices of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Confederate States of America, there was printed by the Office of “The Church Intelligencer,” a special catechism to be administered and answered orally by those who could not read (slaves). From Lesson One: Quest. WHO made the world? Ans. God. Q. Who? A. God. […]

You Have Chosen to Inaugurate Civil War

Executive Department, Richmond, Va., April 15, 1861. Hon. Simon Cameron, Secretary of War: Sir: I have received your telegram of the 15th, the genuineness of which I doubted. Since that time I have received your communications mailed the same day, in which I am requested to detach from the militia of the State of Virginia […]