Richmond Dispatch, 5/27/1862

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From the Richmond Dispatch, 5/27/1862, p. 2, c. 5

City Council. – A called meeting of this body was held at the City Hall at 5 o’clock yesterday evening. Present – D. J. Saunders, D. J. Burr, N. B. Hill, Sam’l D. Denoon, J. A. Scott, J. M. Talbott, W. Holt Richardson, and Thos. H. Wynne.

The body had been convened at the request of the General Superintendent of the Virginia Central railroad, who represented by a communication addressed to the Council, that several of the best engines of the company and a large number of its cars had been caught in the city, and could not be used, by reason of the presence of the enemy on the road, a short distance from the city. Mr. Whitcomb asked the permission of the Council to lay down a temporary track from the Virginia Central road to the depot of the Richmond and Fredericksburg road, on Broad street, promising that it should be made as temporary as possible, and offer no serious objections to the crossings. The permission asked for was granted.

A petition was presented from Messrs. R. G. Morris, Jos. L. Carrington & Co., James Caskie, Goddin & Apperson, and Wm. H. McFarland, owners of property on Bank Square, asking that A. Snyder & Co. be prohibited from erecting a foundry on said square, and representing the same to be a great nuisance, ad liable seriously to injure the property of complainants and other inhabitants of that section of the city. The petition was referred to the Committee on Police.

The Council went into the consideration of the question of burning or otherwise destroying the tobacco now stored in the different warehouses, in case the Yankees should get here. Most of the members ventilated their views, but it is needless to refer further to the matter her.


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