Here’s a really outstanding and fascinating lecture by Ranger Mike Gorman on post-Civil War Richmond. He’s unearthed some really great stories. This was a Banner Lecture at the Virginia Historical Society.
The video’s description reads, “On October 12 at 5:30 p.m., Michael D. Gorman delivered a Banner Lecture entitled ‘A Manner Which Would Not Have Been Permitted Towards Slaves’: Race, Reconstruction, and Memory in Postwar Richmond.”’ The Civil War in Virginia may have ended at Appomattox, but for those affected by war, additional intense times lay ahead. How did the people of Richmond cope with the sudden influx of paroled prisoners, the presence of northern occupation forces, a devastated city, and the overwhelming refugee crisis that came in the form of thousands of newly emancipated slaves? This lecture explores Reconstruction at the symbolic center of rebellion through a detailed analysis of newly available sources, highlighting how little attention has been given to the actual events and practical realities of Reconstruction. Richmond’s rebuilding was replete with racial violence and white resistance, quite at odds with what is popularly believed about Reconstruction in Virginia.”