Reading through the Richmond Virgina Daily Dispatch from January 1, 1864, is a strange experience. I can only think of the Civil War from the Union side. There are ads for the sale of human beings and rewards for run away slaves which make me shudder. There are also things which are more pointedly true than any paper would now print. Appleton stole a slave’s coat! It is hard to imagine the heart of a man who had gone to such a depth. Thus, paper’s appelation of Mr. Appleton matches both man and action:
AN OLD ROGUE.
–George Appleton, an old basin rat, too lazy to work, was before the Mayor yesterday, on charge of stealing a coat of Charles, a slave. After hearing the evidence, George was handed over to the Manager of the chain-gang, to be usefully employed on the public streets.