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Richmond Examiner


Office of the Richmond Examiner shortly after the fall of the city in April 1865. (Frank Leslie’s Illustrated)

Richmond Examiner

No editor in the South embodied the personal journalism of the era more than John M. Daniel, editor of the Examiner. Daniel was known for his mordant, combative personality and rapier-like pen. Diminutive in size but big in talent, Daniel gathered around him a talented editorial staff, which included Edward A. Pollard and his younger brother H. Rives Pollard. Along with the Whig, the Examiner would become one of the Confederacy’s most influential critics of the Davis administration. Indeed, Daniel’s hostility to Davis, a fellow newsman observed, was so extreme at times, so “like a frenzy,” as to call into question the editor’s mental balance.1


  1. Tunnell, Ted. “Confederate Newspapers in Virginia During the Civil War.” Encyclopedia Virginia. Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, 11 Oct. 2013. Web. 20 Dec. 2013.
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