What was the seedy side of Richmond like during the Civil War?

We talk with Ashley Whitehead Luskey about how the Civil War changed the city of Richmond in terms of size and especially in terms of social customs. As the city exploded with population, so did its more seedy side. What were the consequences of this?

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John O’Brien Collection Confederate first lady Varina Davis, the subject of a new novel by Charles Frazier, as she appeared shortly before the outbreak of the Civil War A young…