George Washington Custis

George Washington Custis
The owner of White House and Arlington

Monday, September 1, 2014

Fog of War

Another Rumor.
It was currently reported yesterday that the enemy had landed a force at the White House, on the Pamunkey river, twenty-four miles from Richmond, and that their advance had reached Tunstall's station. The numerical strength [ of ] this force is not mentioned, but those who credit the report believe that it is a body on raiding purposes intent. A well informed gentleman, who left King William county yesterday morning, gives it as his opinion that the story is entirely without foundation.

-The Daily Dispatch (Richmond) August 29, 1864.

The rumor that the enemy had landed in force at the White House, on the Pamunkey river, is without foundation. There might have been a small party in the vicinity on Saturday morning, though this is doubtful. An official dispatch, received on Sunday evening, states that there was no enemy there at that time.

-The Daily Dispatch (Richmond) August 30, 1864.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Snark I Think

The West Point Star thinks that Richmond can never be made a great commercial city if she depends for her communication with the sea upon the James River, and hopes, that this being the case, the people of Richmond and of the State generally should assist the half dozen West Pointers to make their town a great commercial city.

-the Richmond Enquirer, January 31, 1873

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Jim Crow at Work

                                                          In New Kent
                                            (Special Dispatch to The Times.)
    NEW KENT C.H. VA., October 9.-The registration in this county is very satisfactory to the Democrats. It is as follows: Weir Creek- white 81; colored, 16. Cumberland- white, 112; colored, 21. St. Peter's- white, 56; colored, 20. Black Creek- white, 60; colored, 19. Total white, 318; total colored, 76.
Previously the white registration has been about 400 and the colored 800. New Kent is now a white county and safely Democratic.
-The Times(Richmond), October 10, 1902

This is what the new state constitution of  1902 had been designed to do.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

"Back In '36 There Weren't Too Many Planes Flying…But This One Didn't Make It."

U.S. War Department / August 12, 2014 via the Tidewater Review

I had intended to do a couple of pieces on this sometime soon. But the Tidewater Review beat me to it.

Well, they have a staff and I don't.

Some more facts on the B-10 here

. . . and here with some nice cutaways.

The 96th Bomb Squadron was America's first bomber squadron, and if that and Langley Field bring something to mind, it is because the 96th was the squadron that carried out General Billy Mitchell's experimental bombing of the Ostfriesland in 1920.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Death at Rocketts

ROBERT A. CRADDOCK, a young married man, twenty-four years of age, of the county of New Kent, fell overboard from the lighter "Woodbury" Monday night, whilst intoxicated, opposite the Virginia sugar refinery, Rocketts, and was drowned. He is the young man alluded to in The Journal yesterday as having been fatally injured near the sugar refinery, which representation was according to the tenor of existing advices at that time.

-The Daily State Journal(Richmond), August 14, 1873

 Robert A. Craddock is listed as living in the St. Peter's district in the census of 1870 along side his wife Mary, and two sons Gustavus and Albert, 2 years old and a infant respectively.

I assume he is the same "Robt" A. Craddock(though listed as14) of the 1860 Charles City census listed as the son of William H. and Sarah A. Craddock.(Household ID: 357). This would seem to be confirmed by a Robert Craddock marrying a Mollie A. Craddock in Charles City in 1866.

Monday, August 18, 2014

She Said . . .

Pretty New Kent Girl Declined to Wed and Go to the Far Away Philippines.
 (Special Dispatch to The Times.)
ROXBURY, VA., August 8.— Wednesday. August 13th; was the day appointed for one of the most brilliant marriages of the year to take place near here. Invitations had been sent out and preparations had been made. The young lady is one of the most beautiful and most popular of the county. The young, man is also a handsome soldier boy; stands six feet, with piercing black eyes, and is as straight as an Indian. He was reared in this county and is now at home from the Philippines, where he. has been doing service for Uncle Sam, and carries the honorable scars of many a hard-fought battle.
It had been understood between the two that when the time of his enlistment  was out they would marry. So true to his word he came to claim the one who had promised to be his bride, and all arrangements had been made for the happy event, when - a few days ago, this handsome soldier boy received  this message: "I love you. Jimmie, but I cannot go with you to that far-off country. So we had better declare our engagement off. It was a great surprise to all.
The young man will leave September 13th to join his command, as he has reenlisted for five years more, though his heart will be sad.

- Richmond Times, August 9, 1902

Friday, August 15, 2014

Scottish Games . . . of 1873?

When the Caledonia Club of this city visits West Point next, Wednesday, they will engage in the various athletic sports for which Scotchmen are famed, such as putting the stone, throwing the hammer, running, jumping, vaulting with pole, tossing the caber, etc., etc.; also the lighter sports, including quoiting, sack races, wheelbarrow races, three-legged races, and also a ladies' race.

-The Daily State Journal,(Richmond) August 14, 1873