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Information about the Exchange Hotel in Richmond, VA during the Civil War.

Located on the southeast corner of 14th and Franklin streets. The Ballard House was connected to the Exchange Hotel by a footbridge which ran across Franklin street.


In the Alexander Gardner Catalog:


Ballard’s Hotel, Richmond, April 14, 1865.

John Reekie

Written Accounts

Richmond Dispatch 5/26/1862; accidental shooting in front of Exchange Hotel
Richmond Dispatch 5/27/1862; account of shooting in front of Exchange ends fatally. Victim belonged to G. W. Alexander
Richmond Whig 6/18/1862; daughter of Mrs. Rose Greenhow recognizes a Yankee spy at the Exchange Hotel
Richmond Dispatch 6/30/1862; soldier accidentally shoots self on steps of Exchange Hotel
Richmond Dispatch 7/4/1862; 3 Yankee debt collectors arrested at Exchange Hotel
Richmond Dispatch 7/26/1862; August Fisk, soldier, “accidentally” steals $500 from Zella Glenman, “a nymph, residing at the sinful abode of Ella Johnson, in the rear of the Exchange”
Richmond Dispatch 8/18/1862; Dr. W. L. Henderson at Howard’s Grove lost Colt #97,618 “somewhere between the Spotswood and Exchange Hotels”
Richmond Dispatch 9/29/1862; G. B. Anderson & R. S. Ripley at Spotswood on 9/27; Wm. Mahone at Exchange Hotel
Richmond Dispatch 10/6/1862; long description of 10/4 execution of two 14th Va men: Patrick McGowan & John Kelleher. Taken from Castle Thunder to Camp Lee in “large omnibus” of Exchange Hotel, escorted by Wrenn’s Henrico cavalry. Part of Cyrus Bossiuex’s Co. did the executing. G. W. Alexander in charge. D. W. Rogers, 1 Va., respited 14 days, & Owen Maguire, 1 Va gets 50 lashes. Whipping performed by volunteer from Wrenn’s Co.
Richmond Dispatch 10/27/1862; Elzey at Spotswood Hotel 10/25/ Bragg & staff at Exchange & Ballard
Richmond Dispatch 11/11/1862; sales notice for Exchange Hotel furniture – good details. The Exchange Hotel will cease operations, Ballard will consolidate his operations into the Ballard House only due to the difficulty in procuring supplies
Richmond Dispatch 11/21/1862; two wrestlers at Exchange Hotel before the mayor.
Richmond Dispatch 11/25/1862; Exchange Hotel & property sold to R. A. Lancaster for $137,000
Richmond Dispatch 11/26/1862; Exchange Hotel furniture sale spills over into today
Richmond Dispatch 11/28/1862; Exchange Hotel furniture sale still going on.
Richmond Sentinel 9/1/1864; half of the Exchange Hotel will be used as a soldiers' home for the soldiers from Louisiana
Richmond Sentinel 9/10/1864; former keeper of "the Rebel House," under the Exchange Hotel and a free negro escape from Castle Thunder and are recaptured
National Tribune

8/17/1899; “A Union Man in Richmond;” part five of serial account. Describes the scene in Richmond in early to mid-1863. Mentions hedonistic activity at the Exchange, Ballard and Spotswood hotels; prostitution and gambling flourishing in Richmond around the Exchange Hotel; trying to get a pass out of Richmond from Gen. Winder; and subsequent trip to Staunton on the railroad

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