The February meeting of the Gettysburg Civil War Round Table was graced by Dr. Ashley Whitehead Luskey, Assistant Director of the Gettysburg College Civil War Institute. Her topic for the evening: “The Richmond Bread Riots, 1863.” A roadside marker summarizes:

“On 2 April, 1863, the largest war time food riot in the Confederacy took place in Richmond, the day after a group of women met…to complain about rising food costs, inflation and speculation. In the morning, a crowd congregated at the Washington equestrian statue in Capitol Square, and grew to at least several hundred. The rioters looted warehouses on Cary and Main Streets, as well as in the Shockoe Slip. Mayor Joseph Mayo, Governor John Lechter, and Pres. Jefferson Davis attempted to quiet the crowd, which dispersed by late morning with the arrival of the Public Guard.”

Bruce Davis is the president of the Civil War Round Table of Gettysburg.

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