This episode is being reposted in honor of the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s historic trip to Richmond, Virginia on April 4, 1865. It was less than 48 hours after the Confederate Government left the city. During Lincoln’s “adventure” to Richmond he fights with his wife, witnesses his 2 admirals make mistakes, looses his Presidential boat, is mobbed by newly freed enslaved people, and much more all accompanied by his son Tad and it was Tad’s 12th birthday.
This special Civil War 150th episode features Mike Gorman, talking about the fall of Richmond that began April 2, 1865 and the evacuation fire that followed. The fire will destroy somewhere between 800-1000 buildings. The fall of the Capitol of the Confederacy does not end the Civil War but the writing is on the wall. Gorman is a Historian and Park Ranger with the Richmond National Battlefield Parks.
This episode is being reposted for the 240th anniversary of Patrick Henry’s “Liberty or Death” speech at St John’s Church in Church Hill. The speech was delivered 3/23/1775. The conversation is with Kevin Grantz who normally played George Washington at St John’s reenactments of the Liberty or Death speech, but he did a great job with Henry.
We talk about Henry’s whole life, not just the liberty or Death speech.
On this episode, the senior pastor at Richmond Hill, The Rev Ben Campbell talks about the history of the community. Founded in 1987, Richmond Hill is an ecumenical Christian fellowship and residential community in Richmond’s historic Church Hill. It is housed in the former Sisters of the Visitation of Monte Maria monastery. The location has been spiritually significant for thousands of years.
Campbell is also the author of the great book Richmond’s Unhealed History. It is available where ever you buy books or at Richmond Hill.
The view of the Shockoe Valley from Richmond Hills garden
This Latrobe drawing from 1797 form Maryland Historical Society shows the home on the Scott family estate called Hermitage that where Scott’s Addition is today. Gen Winfield Scott inherited it from his father in law John Mayo.
On this episode William and Martha Harkess discuss growing up in Richmond, VA. They are both 84 years old. Martha was born in NC, but moved to Scott’s Addition with her family when she was about 3. Later her family moved to the Carytown area where William grew up.
They discuss what life was like in Scott’s Addition starting in the 1930’s, including the old skating rink and Moore’s Field which hosted the Richmond Colts baseball club and car races. Much of the conversation covers their life in Carytown. Their memories of the Byrd Theater, recycling before recycling was a thing, the horse farm where the Carytown Kroger is today, the first McDonald’s in RVA, and some of William’s pranks are a few of the topics covered.
Walker is best know as the first black woman to charter a bank in the US,* but she is much more than that. Her mother was a former enslaved woman and her father was a Confederate yet she becomes a nationally know figure who rocked the boat of Jim Crow and pushed her community forward.
The is part 2 of a conversation with Mark Greenough, The Tour Supervisor and Historian at The Virginia State Capitol. He discusses how the State and Confederate Governments were able to work together in one building, what the Capitol was like during the Civil War, how the war effected the building, and how it was saved from the conflagration that ended Richmond’s role in the war. Part one is about the lead up to the war and how Richmond became the capitol of the Confederacy.
Mark Greenough was also the guest on episode 5 where he talks about Richmond becoming the capital of Virginia and the building of the Virginia State Capitol.
Lee Graves, known as the RVA Beer Guy tells History Replays Today about the history of brewing beer in the Richmond area. Richmond is going through a huge boon in local brewing but beer has been in the area since the first English explorers came in 1607. The conversation follows beer from its 19th century brewing culture that was heavily populated by the German immigrants, through prohibition and up to the present day.