9/14/1899; “A Union Man in Richmond” part six of serialized account.
Describes the feeling in Richmond at the time of the Kilpatrick-Dahlgren
Raid, Pawnee Sunday (1861), a female Confederate spy at his boarding house,
and other details of life at his boarding house.
9/21/1899; “A Union Man in Richmond” part seven of
serialized account. Describes the tough economic conditions in Richmond in
1863 (with a nice description of the scene at the Old Market), the small-pox
epidemic in Richmond (blames Longstreet’s men for bringing it to the city),
an unreported assassination attempt on President Davis, and garroters in
9/28/1899; “A Union Man in Richmond” part eight of serialized account.
Describes the capture and execution of Timothy Webster, the Libby Prison
escape (mentions prisoners being aided by Van Lew, and good feeling amongst
the Unionists toward her), a shooting of a prisoner at Libby, “the clerk” of
Libby being involved in trading with the prisoners (Ross), and being shot at
while near Locust Alley. St. Charles Hotel mentioned.
various dates from 1862-1865; many
anecdotes relating to Judith McGuire's service at Robertson Hospital - Sally
Tompkins mentioned repeatedly; her husband gets a job at the "Officers'
Hospital" (GH#1) as post chaplain; mentions nursing briefly at Jackson
Hospital, and gives a description of the place
8/10/1899; “A Union Man in Richmond;” part four of
serial account. Describes John Minor Bott’s stay in “a negro jail in Lombard
Alley” [Castle Godwin], the economic situation in Richmond, the Battle of
First Manassas, the man who [Mr. Gretter] who tossed the first shovelful of
dirt for the Richmond defenses, the dangerous nature of “Lombard Alley”
[probably Locust Alley], and the post-war collapse of the upper floor of the
8/17/1899; “A Union Man in Richmond;” part five of
serial account. Describes the scene in Richmond in early to mid-1863.
Mentions hedonistic activity at the Exchange, Ballard and Spotswood hotels;
prostitution and gambling flourishing in Richmond around the Exchange Hotel;
trying to get a pass out of Richmond from Gen. Winder; and subsequent trip
to Staunton on the railroad
7/23/1861; report of the city
committee to deal with wounded from the Battle of First Manassas. Drs. McCaw
and Hancock (amongst others) are to go to Manassas, while Luther Libby and
George S. Palmer (amongst others) are on a committee to procure
3/3/1862; Jefferson Davis'
proclamation that Richmond is under martial law and forced prohibition; Gen.
John H. Winder will enforce this proclamation; Capt. A. C. Godwin is
appointed Provost Marshal of Richmond. All private firearms must be turned
8/3/1899; "A Union Man in Richmond"
part three of serial account. Describes the scene in Richmond immediately
following secession. States that Gov. Letcher was often drunk; the vote to
ratify secession was held in the Old Market building (with serious voter
intimidation going on); the Hampden Sydney Battalion passing through
Capt. O. J. Wise's remains arrive via the
Petersburg depot and taken to lie in state on the third floor of the Capitol
in the room "recently fitted up for the occupancy of the Confederate Senate"
2/17/1862; description of the
funeral of Capt. O. J. Wise at St. James' Church and Hollywood Cemetery. A
large number of people came to see the body while it was lying in state, in
a metallic coffin, in the Confederate Senate Room at the Capitol.
2/18/1862; burial statistics of the
Shockoe Hill Cemetery for the quarter ending 1/31/1862. Notes also that 37
POWs were buried during the same time. Gives statistics for previous years
as well. Notes that they have not seen such a report for Hollywood Cemetery.
10/23/1864; 19th VA Militia is guarding
prisoners at Libby Prison and not doing a good job – many desertions, and
terrible discipline; recommendation that the “Invalid Corps at Belle Isle”
not be broken up to provide an additional guard
7/27/1899; "A Union Man in
Richmond;" description of sentiment in Richmond leading up to secession;
John Minor Botts' speech at the African Church, and the Secession Convention
in the Mechanics' Institute.
10/4/1900; "The Fall of Richmond"
Part two of Hiram Peck's memoir. Describes Lincoln's visit to Richmond,
details of the evacuation fire, the reopening of the Richmond Theater, and
response to Lee's surrender in Richmond. Mentions Castle Thunder detectives
being locked in Libby, and gives a description of Hollywood Cemetery.
Aug. - Oct. 1929; "The Libby Lion;"
article written by the son of R. R. "Dick"
Turner, describing his boyhood and experiences with his father. Notes that
his Dick Turner was "on the staff of General Winder, with the rank of
Captain, and was assigned to duty at Libby Prison, as commissary." Gives a
good description of the staff at Libby, especially Erastus Ross. Mentions
meeting General Lee after the fall of Richmond, seeing his father in one of
the dungeons of Libby. Description of Dick Turner's escape, subsequent
recapture and uncertainty regarding Turner's fate in the Penitentiary; notes
that Captain Dick Winder was able to destroy the charges against Turner by
getting the guard drunk.
1862; Congressional report
describing the Richmond hospital system. Notes that State hospitals are
superior to the Government ones. Describes the "Bird's Island Hospital" as
"obnoxious," but describes the General Hospital, Banner Hospital, and
Royster's factory favorably. Says that Royster's is a "model of neatness."
Also comments negatively on the system of furloughs and discharges
1/22/1862; Description of the
funeral of Pres. John Tyler. Body taken from the "Hall of Congress" to St.
Paul's, where the funeral sermon was delivered, and thence to Hollywood
Cemetery. Notes that the weather was exceedingly bad.
1/24/1862; Senate proposes a
monument to John Tyler in Hollywood Cemetery. Governor states that the lot
of ground near James Monroe was not large enough to accommodate Tyler's
remains, and he was placed in the "outer circle," which the governor
recommends the state purchase.