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Richmond Bread Riots Marker, SA-103

On 2 Apr. 1863, the largest wartime food riot in the Confederacy took place in Richmond, the day after a group of women met at Belvidere Baptist Church in Oregon Hill met to complain about rising food costs, inflation, and speculation. In the morning, a crowd congregated at the Washington equestrian statue in Capitol Square, and grew to at least several hundred. The rioters looted warehouses on Cary and Main Streets, as well as in Shockoe Slip. Mayor Joseph Mayo, Gov. John Letcher, and Pres. Jefferson Davis attempted to quiet the crowd, which dispersed by late morning with the arrival of the Public Guard.

Marker Information:
Additional Information: Exact proposed location of marker was not specified when approved by DHR. Location on site is a guess based on general proposed location description at time of approval.
Date Approved by DHR: 09/20/2012
Original Sponsor: Department of Historic Resources
Region: Richmond Region
Geographic Location: Richmond (City)
Physical Description of Location: Proposed Location: Cary or Main near along the path of the rioters
GPS Location: 37.53447,-77.432394
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