Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Shop-lifting in the 1860's

Collection: The Civil War
Publication: THE WEEKLY VINCENNES WESTERN SUN
Date: October 22, 1864


IMPORTANT ARRESTS.—On Tuesday, a man named Seiberts, his wife and two daughters, and a Mrs. Lappin, (sister-in-law) were arrested in this city, charged with stealing or "shop-lifting," from nearly all the principal stores in town. About $ 600 worth of goods were found on their persons and concealed in old Seibert's wagon.

The parties (except one of the women, who was in a critical situation) are now in jail here.

Seibert lives near Bridgeport , Ill ., and is an exhorter of the United Brethren Church and a leader and spouter for the Loyal Leaguers of his section. When arrested, he was very indignant—said that it was a vile trick of the copperheads to injure him, but he ''put his trust in the Lord."

Deputy Marshal Donovan returned from Bridgeport yesterday, with several hundred dollars' worth of goods found in the houses of Seibert and Mrs. Lappin; which were stolen from our merchants at different times within the past year.

Seibert is the head and front of his Church near Bridgeport, and we understand that last Sunday he held forth to the "brethren and sistern" about the growing iniquity of the times—and was terribly severe on them for neglecting the spiritual welfare of their children, in omitting to send them to Sunday school, of which he was the great expounder. Old Mrs. Seibert was particularly impressed on that day with the "taking” lecture of the husband and shouted herself hoarse in consequence. On Monday, following, they started on the reconnoitering expedition to which we have above referred, and will probably bring up at or in the penitentiary.


March Program!

Civil War Photographers: Mathew Brady, Alexander Gardner and Others
 By Phil Lewis, Presenter
 March 23, 2015 7:00 pm at the museum
12th and State Streets, Lawrenceville, Il 62439


This Power Point presentation focuses on the Art of photography and Civil War photographers with pictures of battlefields and  the carnage of war.   Mathew Brady, Alexander Gardner, Timothy Sullivan, and as well as Southern photographers, brought the visual story of the war to the general public as never before.  Most Americans of the era thought the war would be over in a few months, but it lasted four, long painful years with nearly 750,000 Union and Confederate soldiers perishing in the bloody conflict.