Thursday, November 21, 2013

October 22, 1863

October 22, 1863

---The Richmond Daily Dispatch, not yet having learned of Thomas’s appointment to command of the Army of the Cumberland, publish an editorial highlighting the perfidy and treachery of the Virginia-born Thomas to his home state, due to his loyalty to the Union--and how a spirited Virginia lady---Thomas’s own sister---refused to send him a treasured sword:

Major-Gen. Geo. H. Thomas.

–It has been already stated that this individual, who is now connected with Rosecrans’s army, is a native of Southampton county, Va. A lady who resides at Jerusalem, the county seat of Southampton, informs the editor of the Spirit of the Age that Thomas distinguished himself in the war with Mexico, and on his return home was presented by the ladies of his native county with a handsome sword.–After the beginning of the present war, and Thomas had determined to array himself against the South, he wrote to his sister to send him that sword. The true hearted, patriotic woman, replied that he could not have a sword presented by the women of Virginia to turn against their brave fathers, sons, and brothers, who were fighting in defence of the land whose birth-place he had disgraced, and that instead of sending the sword to him she would prefer seeing it thrust through his traitorous heart. –Petersburg (Va.) Express.

---John Beauchamp Jones, a clerk in the War Department in Richmond, writes in his journal concerning the food shortage in the city:

    Beef, to-day, sold in market at $1.50 per pound. There is no bacon for sale, or corn-meal. But we shall not starve, if we have faith in a beneficent Providence. Our daughter Anne, teaching in Appomattox County, writes that she will send us a barrel of potatoes, some persimmons, etc. next Wednesday. And we had a good dinner to-day : a piece of fat shoulder Capt. Warner let me have at $1 per pound—it is selling for $2.50—and cabbage from my garden, which my neighbor’s cow overlooked when she broke through the gate last Sunday. Although we scarcely know what we shall have to-morrow, we are merry and patriotic to-day.

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