Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Cincinnati, feeling the effects of the crisis

Here are three Covington Journal stories from May 18, 1861 discussing Cincinnati and some of the effects of the ongoing crisis that this paper claims that city was starting to feel and suffer from.  The paper did not title any of these reports. 

One report claims:

Cincinnati has driven off her Southern trade and Decay has already made its withering impress upon her wharves, her stately business houses and immense manufacturing establishments. As if bent upon self-destruction her money changers are now making strenuous efforts to discredit Kentucky currency, and it is not unlikely that they will accomplish the object. Whatever may be the effect of this measure elsewhere, the commercial interests of Cincinnati will suffer in a ten-fold degree. 

The second article says:

A correspondent of the Cincinnati Times, writing from Camp Dennison says:'

"There have been many depredations committed by soldiers strolling over the country, stealing chickens, calves and hogs. Not a farmer within two miles but has been visited. Many houses are guarded - also Milford and Miamiville. There has been considerable trouble at Milford; there are a good many drinking saloons in it all guarded now however. The villagers are trying to form a guard to protect themselves."

These are the chaps that are going down South to enforce the laws!

A third report:

There are only 15,000 barrels of pork in Cincinnati. The Enquirer says: "As strange as it may appear, if the war continues for over one year, instead of exporting provisions to Europe, we will be compelled to export from there here."

That's a pretty serious shortage for a town then known as "Porkopolis."


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