The Richmond Times-Dispatch includes 1,355 issues and has been the primary daily newspaper of Richmond, Virginia for over the past 150 years. At the time of establishment in 1850, it was one of the very few non-partisan newspapers around and featured relatively unbiased articles. During the Civil War, Richmond became the capital of the Confederate states and the Daily Dispatch decided to promote the Confederate cause. The Daily Dispatch continued to produce a daily (except Sunday) publication throughout the war, but with inflation, a lack of supplies, and a need for some sort of revenue, its format was altered—including more advertisements than actual news.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch chronicles the American Civil War from its rise in 1860 to its end in 1865. This collection of daily newspapers allows you to explore the events that took place in the city, state, and the Confederacy at large during the war. It features daily news, articles on movers and shakers of the Confederate government, and advertisements that capture the city’s economy, social structure, and culture during these pivotal years.
The digital edition of the Richmond Times-Dispatch allows you to dive into Civil War history and learn about the people and events affecting Virginia. With each reading of the Daily Dispatch, you will come to understand the changes the Civil war brought to Richmond, its surrounding area, and the state of Virginia.
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