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Information about the First and Second Markets in Richmond, VA during the Civil War.

The First, or "old" market was large building at the northwest corner of Main and 17th Streets. It extended all the way to Franklin Street. The Second Market was on the northeast corner of Marshall and 6th Streets. Police stations were located in each market house.

Written Accounts

Richmond Dispatch 3/17/1862; Parker’s Battery to assemble at the old market, and march to Camp of Instruction (Camp Lee)
Richmond Dispatch 4/30/1862; Co. F, Tredegar Battn to meet at Old Market Hall
Richmond Dispatch 5/9/1862; newspaper suggests Old Market Hall as hospital
Richmond Dispatch 7/3/1862; the market is full of goods, but no diminution of prices
Richmond Dispatch 7/3/1862; wounded temporarily at Old Market Hall & store of Angus & Byerly. Need attention & transfer to real hospitals
Richmond Enquirer 7/3/1862; wounded Confederates have temporarily been placed in the store of Angus & Byerly at the Old Market
Richmond Dispatch 7/4/1862; wounded soldiers at the Old Market Hall and at the store of Angus and Byerly need supplies
Richmond Dispatch 7/4/1862; Dr. Jos. E. Clagett & E. L. Wager running the Market Hall Hospital
Richmond Dispatch 7/15/1862; RDRR wants to extend up Virginia Street. J. Johns, Medical Purveyor, protests. Also, Mr. Crutchfield introduces a bill about “weighing of long forage in the Second Market.”
Richmond Dispatch 8/13/1862; Officer strikes sergeant of the 10th Va Cav. with a pistol near the Old Market. Cary St., between 17th and 18th known as “Dublin” area
Richmond Dispatch 8/16/1862; Old Market House recently white-washed
Richmond Dispatch 10/7/1862; Mayor’s Court: James Williams, drunk soldier, sent to Castle Thunder;  Hoenniger charges men with burglary, room #44 Spotswood Hotel; slave charged with stealing money from guest at the Ballard House (discharged); free negro without papers ordered whipped for smoking a cigar in the street; another free negro threatens boy in Second Market & used “indecent language” – ordered to be whipped.
Richmond Dispatch 11/22/1862; Michael Rourke, 1st TX, at Winder Hospital, arrested for stealing eggs from First Market
Richmond Dispatch 12/20/1862; enrolling officer’s final day at Old Market Hall
Richmond Sentinel 3/26/1863; benefit to be held tonight at the Market Hall for the victims of the Laboratory explosion
Richmond Whig 2/29/1864; bell at the first market has cracked, which had given the fire alarm. Advocates the "bell house" at Capitol Square do the job in the meantime
National Tribune 8/3/1899; "A Union Man in Richmond" part three of serial account. Describes the scene in Richmond immediately following secession. States that Gov. Letcher was often drunk; the vote to ratify secession was held in the Old Market building (with serious voter intimidation going on); the Hampden Sydney Battalion passing through Richmond.
National Tribune

9/21/1899; “A Union Man in Richmond” part seven of serialized account. Describes the tough economic conditions in Richmond in 1863 (with a nice description of the scene at the Old Market), the small-pox epidemic in Richmond (blames Longstreet’s men for bringing it to the city), an unreported assassination attempt on President Davis, and garroters in Richmond.

Page last updated on 07/17/2008