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Surrender of Fort Sumter - The Effect of the News on Richmond - Richmond Enquirer / April 15, 1861

So soon as the news of the surrender of Fort Sumter reached Richmond a procession of citizens was formed, which marched up Main street, headed by Smith’s Armory Band, and bearing the flag of the Southern Confederacy.

The procession had swelled to about three thousand persons, by the time the column halted at the Tredegar Iron Works, to witness the raising of a large Southern Confederacy flag over the main building of the works, which was done by the employees of the establishment. Without delay, the flag was hauled up, the band playing the Marsellaise, and cannon (manufactured at the Tredegar for the use of the Confederate Government) thundered a welcome to the banner of the South.



Surrender of Fort Sumter - Celebration in Richmond - Richmond Dispatch / April 15, 1861

The interest of our citizens in the exciting events lately occurring in the neighborhood of Charleston, South Carolina, always intense, as manifested by the crowds that have thronged around the bulletin boards of the different newspapers during the past week, culminated on Saturday evening on the reception of the news of the surrender of Fort Sumter, in one of the wildest, most enthusiastic and irrepressible expressions of heartfelt and exuberant joy on the part of the people generally, that we have ever known to be the case before in Richmond. Nothing else was talked of, or thought of, save the great triumph achieved by the heroic troops of the glorious Southern Confederacy in obliterating one of the Illinois ape’s standing menaces against the assertion of Southern rights and equality. – So far as the opinion of the people is concerned, it would have been more to the old rail-splitter’s credit had he ordered Anderson to leave Fort Sumter, as an untenable and undesirable place, than to attempt, as he and his coadjutors did, to make the undoubtably gallant Major the scapegoat of his insidious and damnable views. We repeat, that had wise counsels prevailed, the old ape would have had all the credit between a graceful leave taking and an ignominious expulsion at the cannon’s mouth.



Richmond Welcomes President Jefferson Davis - May 30, 1861

On the arrival of the cars at the depot in this city, the air resounded with the most deafening cheers, oft repeated, for Davis and the Southern Confederacy, from several thousand willing mouths, honest hearts, and warm hands. After the enthusiastic greeting of the President was over - indeed, while it was progressing, a salute of 15 guns, one for each Southern State, was fired by a detachment of men under Col. John H. Richardson. President Davis was then escorted to a carriage in waiting by Thos. W. Hoeninger, Esq., of the Spotswood Hotel, and was drawn towards that elegant "traveler's rest," by four splendid bays, His Excellency, Gov. Letcher, Mayor Mayo, and Mr. Hoeninger, being seated with the President. His progress through the streets was marked with many affecting demonstrations of popular regard. People rushed up and would shake hands with the President, many of them doing so with tears of heartfelt joy "in eyes unused to weep."



Marshall TheatreThe "Late Unfortunate" Theatre - January 5, 1862

- Yesterday morning, at quarter before 4 o'clock, some person passing the Richmond Theatre, on the corner of Seventh and Broad streets, saw flames issuing from that building and gave the alarm of fire. In a very short time the whole structure was enveloped in a sheet of flame, and when the engines arrived upon the ground it was found impossible to do much else than endeavor to save the adjoining property.



Marshall Theatre Arrests - April 27, 1863

Two women are arrested for being women of evil name and reputation in a place set apart for respectable people.


Amusements - May 21, 1863

Thee Placelaces of amusement now open every night:   Marshall Theatre, The Varietie, and Metrapolitan Hall


Marshall Theatre Tax - May 27, 1863

Marshall Theatre pays 10-cent-a head in taxes.


Soldier's Guide - August 10, 1863

Apportionment of General Hospitals in Department of Henrico, showing to which Hospital the Sick and Wounded of each State are sent:

For the information of the friends of the sick and wounded soldiers, we give below the different Hospitals in which the soldiers from each State are placed, and their locations. It will be found accurate, as it has been kindly furnished by a distinguished surgeon in authority.



Funeral Procession in Honor of Lieut. Gen. Thom. J. Jackson - August 13, 1863

The funeral procession which yesterday took place in token of regard for the lamented Jackson afforded the best evidence of the high estimation in which the deceased was held by the country which is now called to mourn over his death.



Edwin Booth - Andrew Barrett - January 17, 1888

It is quite unnecessary to say that the anticipated great event of the dramatic season of Richmond occurred last night, when Messrs. Booth and Barrett appeared before an audience that has seldom, if ever, had its equal in number. From pit to dome the Theatre was crowded, and not even standing room could be given. The elite of Richmond society was there. Many in elaborate and beautiful costumes., and the overflowing house, with the wealth and beauty of the city represented, was a pleasing sight to see. The great tragedians playing "Will Shakespeare's Othello," beautifully mounted and costumed, would have rejoiced the heart of the Bard of Avon, could he have seen that immortal play of "Othello," so splendidly rendered by the two greatest tragedians of the day in this, our Western Hemisphere. Both Booth and Barrett, with Irving, take front rank in tragic histrionic art.



The Confederate Stage - April 21, 1888

The hour demanded a man, and he came forth, no one knew whence. He bore the high-sounding name of D'Orsy Ogden, and he became the lessee of the old theater. By his energy and perseverance a stock company was formed, and a troupe employed embracing most of the available talent of the capital, and it was further strengthened by half a dozen actors from New York who had been stranded in Dixie at the breaking out of the war, and had been unable to return. Out of this crude material Ogden molded a company, the most original, perhaps, that had ever graced the boards of any theater.



Mme. Sarah Bernhardt Appears In Richmond - January 1892

This world-renowned artiste will be at the new Richmond Theatre Monday and Tuesday, January 18th and 19th. She will play La Tosca and Fedora, supported by the identical company that she had in New York. Mme. Bernhardt and company travel in a special train consisting of five cars, and carry every stitch of scenery they use.



Death of George W. Alexander - March 3, 1895

Colonel George W. Alexander died in Laurel, Md., last week of paralysis. He was one of the most conspicuous, notable men in Richmond during the war. A sketch of his life will doubtless be interesting to all, but especially to the comparatively few of our citizens who were here during that time and knew him.



Mary Partington Death Notice - August 11, 1895

The death of Miss Mary Partington which occurred at her residence, in Hanover County, on Monday, recalls to mind the by-gone days of the Confederacy, when this lady was the premier danseuse of the old Marshall Theatre in Richmond.




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