Spotswood Hotel

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 :: Spotswood Hotel ::
Information about the Spotswood Hotel in Richmond, VA during the Civil War.

located at the southeast corner of 8th and Main streets


Ruins of the Spotswood Hotel, c. 1870. Photo by Cook.

from the Alexander Gardner catalog:


Spottiswood Hotel, Richmond, April 15, 1865.

John Reekie

Written Accounts

Richmond Enquirer 1/19/1861; opening notice of the Spotswood Hotel
Richmond Dispatch 4/1/1861; Spotswood Hotel has been opened
Richmond Dispatch 4/15/1861; Catesby Jones and Capt. Pegram are at the Exchange Hotel; M. F. Maury and R. M. T. Hunter are at the Spotswood
Richmond Dispatch 4/15/1861; account of the response in Richmond to the fall of Fort Sumter; extensive celebration and flag-raising at the Tredegar Iron Works
Richmond Dispatch 4/20/1861; Richmond Howitzers have moved into their new quarters under the Spotswood Hotel
Richmond Dispatch 4/23/1861; description of the arrival of Col. Robert E. Lee into Richmond and speech from the Spotswood Hotel
Richmond Dispatch 5/30/1861; great description of the arrival of President Jefferson Davis in Richmond and the celebration in the city as he is escorted to Spotswood Hotel; later he reviewed the troops at Camp Lee
Richmond Dispatch 6/1/1861; Description of the arrival of Gen. Beauregard at the Spotswood Hotel
Richmond Dispatch 6/20/1861; New Orleans Washington Artillery serenades President Davis at the Spotswood Hotel
Richmond Dispatch 7/17/1861; Hotel arrivals; Dr. Thom and Thomas Clingman are at the Spotswood
Richmond Dispatch 7/24/1861; "Gen." (President) Davis gives an inspirational speech from the Spotswood Hotel
Richmond Dispatch 8/3/1861; 3 Chambermaids and a Porter are needed at the Spotswood Hotel
Richmond Dispatch 11/2/1861; Adv. for cooks to operate Spotswood Hotel kitchen
Richmond Whig 1/3/1862; J. W. Hoeniger becomes proprietor of the Spotswood Hotel. Notes that he is very young
Richmond Dispatch 1/17/1862; woman convicted of stealing bed clothing from Spotswood
Richmond Dispatch 1/28/1862; little boys caught & fined for throwing stones at Spotswood
Richmond Dispatch 2/10/1862; John Bankhead Magruder arrives in Richmond on 2/8; R. H. Anderson and other notables are at the Spotswood
Richmond Dispatch 4/17/1862; French diplomat in town, at Spotswood Hotel
Richmond Dispatch 6/4/1862; long article on RR accident in city, on 8th st - two injuries, canal bridge damaged, etc. On tracks connecting R&P w/ RF&P. Also boy run over on Broad, on connecting tracts between RF&P & Va. Cent. Byrd Island Hospital and Spotswood Hotel mentioned.
Richmond Dispatch 7/2/1862; nearly 1000 POWs arrived on 7/1. Some officers named. McCall at Spotswood – paroled to stay in city. He will be moved to “the quarters now being prepared on 18th street” when they are ready for “all the abolition officers”
Richmond Examiner 7/4/1862; hospitals opened at Bosher's carriage factory and Lainers' warehouse (under the Spotswood)
Richmond Examiner 7/5/1862; Gens. McCall, Reynolds & Rankin have been moved from the Spotswood Hotel to "Bond's" warehouse on 18th st.
Richmond Dispatch 7/9/1862; 4 or 5 white girls needed for chores at Spotswood Hotel. Also first-class cook
Richmond Dispatch 7/9/1862; Walter Coles in charge of Bosher & Spotswood Hotel hospital. Thanks donors by name. Hoge is among the contributors.
Richmond Examiner 7/11/1862; Spotswood Hotel and Danville RR shop to be used as hospitals
Pittsburgh Gazette 7/17/1862; description of the capture of Gen. McCall – notes that he is being quartered at the Spotswood Hotel in Richmond
Pennsylvania Daily Telegraph 7/23/1862; letter from General Geo. A. McCall describing his imprisonment; notes that one of his officers is held in Chimborazo Hospital
Richmond Dispatch 7/28/1862; escaped thief caught – sent to Castle Godwin. He had attempted to rob a man at the Spotswood Hotel.
Richmond Dispatch 8/5/1862; Spotswood Hotel adv for housekeeping help. Also bakers & pastry cooks.
Richmond Dispatch 8/18/1862; Dr. W. L. Henderson at Howard’s Grove lost Colt #97,618 “somewhere between the Spotswood and Exchange Hotels”
Richmond Dispatch 8/29/1862; A. B. Martin, private in Washington Artillery, arrested at Spotswood for stealing 120 letters from post office. Sent to Castle Thunder
Richmond Dispatch 8/29/1862; Jno. B. Cary, at Maj. Booker’s office under Spotswood Hotel, hiring out negro woman
Richmond Dispatch 9/4/1862; George H. Steuart arrives at Spotswood Hotel, 9/3
Richmond Dispatch 9/29/1862; G. B. Anderson & R. S. Ripley at Spotswood on 9/27; Wm. Mahone at Exchange Hotel
Richmond Dispatch 9/30/1862; All members of Richmond Grays (G12Va) to report at Spotswood Hotel for duty
Richmond Dispatch 10/7/1862; Mayor’s Court: James Williams, drunk soldier, sent to Castle Thunder;  Hoenniger charges men with burglary, room #44 Spotswood Hotel; slave charged with stealing money from guest at the Ballard House (discharged); free negro without papers ordered whipped for smoking a cigar in the street; another free negro threatens boy in Second Market & used “indecent language” – ordered to be whipped.
Richmond Dispatch 10/21/1862; Gen. Loring & staff, Col. Henry Fitzhugh & Mrs. J. Floyd King, are at the Spotswood Hotel
Richmond Dispatch 10/27/1862; Elzey at Spotswood Hotel 10/25/ Bragg & staff at Exchange & Ballard
Richmond Dispatch 11/6/1862; Mayor’s Court: Jas. Pearson, of Drewry’s Bluff command, jailed for assault; woman tried for stealing $10 worth of silverware from Spotswood; details on E. Hunter Taliaferro case
Richmond Dispatch 11/8/1862; Mayor’s Court: J. R. Anderson slave whipped for stealing wood;  Mulatto arraigned and whipped for “impudence” to the watchman of the Spotswood Hotel; Police raid Locust Alley – several prostitutes arrested, as well as their “visitors”
Richmond Dispatch 11/11/1862; report on meeting of city citizens for shoes – J. L. Burrows, 1st Baptist Church, chairman. $4-5 thousand raised on the spot. List of committee members for various wards including Luther Libby, Wm. Greanor, Jno. R. Ballard, T. W. Hoeniger, James H. Grant, Joel B. Watkins, General J. R. Anderson & many more. One group to meet at J. R. Anderson’s home.
Richmond Dispatch 11/11/1862; T. W. Hoeniger donates 100 cords of wood for city’s poor
Richmond Dispatch 11/13/1862; T. W. Hoeniger offering booze for sale, Spotswood Hotel, legally
Richmond Dispatch 11/14/1862; mulatto charged with impudent behavior at Spotswood evicted from city
Richmond Dispatch 11/19/1862; Man gets 4 years for Spotswood robbery
Richmond Dispatch 11/20/1862; Booker’s detectives raid restaurant near the Spotswood Hotel looking for booze. Violators locked up in “Freeland’s factory, corner 6th and Cary streets” awaiting trial.
Richmond Sentinel 3/14/1863; Colonel Quantrell is in Richmond, and staying at the Spotswood Hotel
Richmond Examiner 4/7/1863; The Spotswood Hotel is enlarging its facilities
Richmond Examiner 4/9/1863; denial of the rumor that the Spotswood Hotel is closing
Richmond Sentinel 7/28/1863; post office has been removed from the Custom House to the basement of the Spotswood Hotel
Richmond Whig 1/2/1864; Gen. J. H. Morgan will arrive in town soon and be conducted to the Spotswood Hotel
Richmond Whig 1/4/1864; Gen. Morgan will probably arrive tomorrow. Lodgings have been secured at the Ballard House
Richmond Whig 7/13/1864; "William F. Corkley, proprietor of the Spotswood Hotel" is arrested for violating the anti-liquor law by selling brandy in the bar of the hotel
Richmond Sentinel 7/18/1864; Worker at the Spotswood hotel arrested for selling whiskey at the bar, but released.
Richmond Whig 7/18/1864; the anti-liquor law case of William F. Corkley, proprietor of the Spotswood Hotel, is dismissed
Richmond Whig 8/16/1864; man who fell from a third floor window at the Spotswood has a fair chance of recovery
Richmond Sentinel 9/26/1864; man falls from a fifth story window of the Spotswood Hotel and is killed
Richmond Whig 9/26/1864; man falls from a fifth story window of the Spotswood Hotel and is killed
Richmond Sentinel 9/28/1864; locomotive traveling up the connector track on 8th street, gets out of control near the Spotswood and falls back down into the canal bridge
Richmond Whig 9/28/1864; locomotive traveling up the connector track on 8th street, gets out of control near the Spotswood and falls back down into the canal bridge

Richmond Sentinel

12/5/1864; Vice President Stephens is at the Spotswood

Richmond Whig 4/7/1865; More hotels are wanted in Richmond - the Spotswood is the only one operating
Richmond Whig 4/7/1865; last rebel and first union patrons at the Spotswood hotel
Richmond Whig 4/7/1865; new (Northern) owners of the Spotswood Hotel
Richmond Whig 4/11/1865; Maj. Gen. Silas Casey is staying at the Spotswood Hotel
Richmond Whig 4/12/1865; call for more hotels to re-open
Richmond Whig 4/14/1865; A. R. Waud, among others, is staying at the Spotswood Hotel
Richmond Whig 5/15/1865; Maj. Gen. Wright is staying at the Spotswood Hotel
Richmond Dispatch 12/26/1870; account of the Spotswood Hotel fire, including many vignettes of of close escapes, and accounts of the deaths of Erasmus Ross, former clerk of Libby Prison, and others.
Richmond Dispatch 12/28/1870; more details of the Spotswood Hotel fire
Richmond Dispatch 6/30/1894; great description of Richmond for the Confederate reunion, focusing on how much has changed since the war
National Tribune

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

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