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Civil War
00000174-b11b-ddc3-a1fc-bfdbb1a20000The Schreiner University Department of History is honoring the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War with a series of short vignettes focusing on events from 1861 through 1865. The Civil War was the most destructive conflict in American history, but it was also one of our most defining moments as a people and as a nation. Let us know what you think about "This Week in the Civil War." E-mail your comments to Dr. John Huddleston at jhuddles@schreiner.edu.Airs: Weekdays at 5:19 a.m., 8:19 a.m., 4:19 p.m. on KTXI and 4:49 a.m., 9:29 p.m. on KSTX.

This Week in the Civil War - 539

On Thursday, April 2, 1863 the so-called “Bread Riot” occurred in Richmond, Virginia.  Allegedly a mob crowded around a wagon, demanding bread.  The unruly mob then broke into shops and took whatever they wished, including jewelry and other finery. 

President Jefferson Davis personally proceeded to the scene, climbed aboard a wagon near the Capitol building, and threw the rioters the money he had in his pocket, telling the mob “(Y)ou say you are hungry and have no money.  Here is all I have; it is not much but take it.”   

Davis then encouraged the mob to disperse before the militia and local police took action.  The crowd rapidly dispersed without further incident.  Although a minor event, the “Bread Riot” was unsettling to the Confederate government and felt throughout the Confederacy.