From the Richmond Dispatch, 9/22/1862, p. 1, c. 5

Disorderly House. – A man named Thomas’ proprietor of a house of public entertainment, located near Battery No. 8, was complained of Saturday for keeping a disorderly house, for the assembling of all sorts of rowdy characters, and for selling liquor contrary to the proclamation of martial law. Thomas was arrested by detectives of the Provost Marshal’s office, and carried before Maj. Atkinson. On searching the premises for contraband liquor, they found two demijohns, one of raspberry wine and another full of cider. One quart of apple brandy was also found. Maj. Atkinson discharged Thomas with the intimation that he should close the house if another complaint was entered against it. Parties who attended the recent trotting race, on their return, indulged in a free fight at Thomas’s house, to his own personal detriment, judging from his appearance.




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