On this day in 1687, Virginia’s governor Francis Howard, baron Howard of Effingham, issued a proclamation in the wake of an uncovered slave conspiracy scolding owners for “not restraining their Negroes” on the weekends.
Also on this day, 150 years ago, Union general George B. McClellan, having won the Battle of Antietam in September, nevertheless lost his job. Lest it cause him political problems, Lincoln’s order came one day after the mid-term Congressional elections.
Eleven years later on this day Mary Anna Randolph Custis, aka Mrs. General Lee, died. And 125 years after that, Nature magazine published a scientific study that concluded a Jefferson male had fathered Eston Hemings, the youngest son of Sally Hemings.
Perhaps Virginia’s white men needed to restrain themselves on weekends!
IMAGE: Proclamation issued by Governor Francis Howard, baron Howard of Effingham, on November 5, 1687 (Library of Virginia)