In the summer of 1864, the Confederate Secret Service launched a plot to attack City Point (present-day Hopewell).
150 years ago one of the baddest badasses of Richmond fought in his last duel: newspaper editor John Moncure Daniel.
In the early morning hours of July 30th, 1864, a massive explosion rocked the main Confederate trenches outside Petersburg. The blast sent soldiers, horses, artillery, and more hurtling through the air.
“It appeared that this was the most disorderly house in town. The women, during the day, exposed their persons in the windows, and halloed at, threw at and spit upon all passers by.”