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February 22, 2018 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham County: The Winter of 1872, Part III

Rev. Caesar Perkins. Courtesy E. Renée Ingram and Charles W. White, Sr.


Click here for Buckingham County: The Winter of 1872, Part I

When M. B. D. wrote his letter to Richmond’s Whig in December of 1872, he strove to balance his condemnation of some irresponsible men with the steadfastness of others. His dislike for Radical Republican Frank Moss was shared by many, however, his criticism of Rev. Caesar Perkins is a bit surprising. His letter concluded:

About the Crops.

                Notwithstanding the exceeding unfavorableness of the year for all manner of crops, they have not been injured to anything like the extent which was anticipated. Two colored men, James Clark and Ben Moseley, renting land from William Merry Perkins, Esq., working two yoke of oxen, made ninety barrels of corn, several hogsheads of tobacco and other crops, oats, etc. George Shepard and Zach Griffin are two other names from the colored ranks to be placed on a roll of honor as men farming in a farmer-like manner, and living as worthy, upright citizens, supporting their families in independence “laying up something for a rainy day.” How different are these men from Frank Moss (“Hippopotamos”) and Caesar Perkins, of whom it is said that the brutal insolence of the one and the fawning duplicity of the other, have set them apart as objects of scorn and contempt of all well minded persons

M. B. D.

Click for more about Frank Moss.

Click here for a series of posts about the widely respected accomplishments of Caesar Perkins.


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