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 :: White House of the Confederacy ::
Information about the Confederate White House in Richmond, VA during the Civil War

located at the southeast corner of Clay and 12th streets

Richmond Dispatch 8/14/1861; Mrs. Jefferson Davis applies for carriage driver & dining room waiter
Richmond Dispatch 10/4/1861; Mrs. J. Davis & Mrs. Gen. Johnston injured in carriage wreck near Dill's farm. Arm of latter broken
Richmond Enquirer

10/5/1861; Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Gen. Johnston are not as bad off as was previously supposed after their accident.

Richmond Whig 1/2/1862; description of New Year's Day in Richmond - notes that the main event was the reception at Pres. Davis' house, and subsequent reception at the Governor's mansion
Richmond Whig 2/21/1862; President Davis will be inaugurated tomorrow; railroad companies will run extra trains; ceremonies will occur on Capitol Square, businesses will be closed
Richmond Whig 2/22/1862; very detailed description of the plans for the inauguration of Jefferson Davis and Alexander Stephens. After the ceremonies, the "President's Mansion will be open from 8 to 11 o'clock."
Richmond Whig 2/24/1862; crowds of people have been visiting President Davis at his residence. Armory Band is present
Richmond Dispatch 7/18/1862; Mrs. Davis invites wife of missing soldier – Eliza Watkins, wife of John M. Watkins, C3NC - to stay at her home, the White House of the Confederacy
Richmond Dispatch 11/29/1862; slaves accused of stealing treasury notes at Custom House to go on trial today. Includes slave of Jefferson Davis
Garnett Family Papers

1/26/1863; Surg. A.Y.P. Garnett is under attack by "persons inimical to me," who have revived old charges of official misconduct which Garnett was acquitted of, and writes to Benjamin to send him the results of his investigation in order to defend himself; 1/28/1863; Benjamin replies to Garnett's request for results of the investigation into Garnett's official misconduct which consisted of treating patients in his private time, accepting funds, and recommending their discharge. Benjamin deemed that he was working very hard "visiting gratuitously the hospital on Main Street near Third" as well as private residences, and was guilty of an error of judgment only. 11/9-11/1863; series of letters between Jefferson Davis and Dr. A.Y.P. Garnett involving a perceived disrespect by Garnett. Very testy at times, regarding Garnett sending Mrs. Davis' "love" to Gen. Wise, and joking with Davis over kissing the girls in Selma. Eventually Garnett talks his way out of it.

Richmond Whig 1/1/1864; announcement of the reception at Jefferson Davis' house from noon to 3, as well as the inauguration of Gov. Smith at noon at the Capitol
Richmond Whig 1/2/1864; detailed description of the reception at Jefferson Davis' mansion
Richmond Whig 1/19/1864; first weekly reception at the President's house will occur tonight
Richmond Sentinel 1/22/1864; an attempt to burn down the White House of the Confederacy was foiled
Richmond Whig 1/22/1864; notes on the attempted arson at the President's house after the reception
Richmond Sentinel 5/2/1864; Jefferson Davis's son Joseph is killed in a fall from a balcony of the White House of the Confederacy
Richmond Whig 5/2/1864; description of the death of little Joseph Davis, son of Pres. Jefferson Davis, in a fall from a balcony at the Confederate White House.
New York Herald 9/19/1864; notes from an informer on the condition of Lee's Army, the Richmond defenses, feeling against Jefferson Davis, and conditions in Richmond - notes the railroads are very poor
New York Herald 4/6/1865; Details on the Federal occupation of Richmond - notes that the furniture in the White House of the Confederacy was left behind, and that Tredegar survived the fire. Libby Prison and Castle Thunder are now full of Confederate prisoners
New York Herald 4/9/1865; Description of Abraham Lincoln at the White House of the Confederacy and on the USS Malvern
New York Times

4/11/1865; Article describing the White House of the Confederacy, the military governance of the city, the destruction done by the fire (particularly to the mills), the newspapers in Richmond and what has become of the editors, and an extremely detailed account of the jubilee meeting at First African Baptist Church.

New York Herald 4/12/1865; notes the visit of President Lincoln to Richmond, the parade of the XXIV Corps through town, and efforts by local capitalists [including J. R. Anderson] to bring VA back into the Union. Losses due to fire are 2/3 the city's assessed value
New York Times 11/26/1889; resolution offered by Richmond School Board to tear down the White House of the Confederacy and replace it with a new school. Speculation that it will follow Libby Prison to Chicago.
Richmond Dispatch 6/30/1894; great description of Richmond for the Confederate reunion, focusing on how much has changed since the war
National Tribune

8/10/1899; “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 Capitol building

National Tribune 2/28/1901; description of a visit to Richmond, mentions Bird Island, Belle Isle (mentions that many soldiers still buried there), and the White House of the Confederacy

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