The Approaching Vandals
“Removal of the Remains of Washington – A correspondent of the Lynchburg “Republican” says: “I was told today that a report having reached…Virginia that the tomb of Gen. Washington was going to be violated by the [Northern] Republicans, his remains and those of his family were promptly removed to a more central spot in the State, where they will be out of harm’s way.
If this is true, what a commentary on the North! How strange that coming events should prompt such a move! Surely we live in a singular age.”
(Diary of Ada Amelia Costin, Wilmington, North Carolina, Tuesday, May 21, 1861. Special Collections, Randall Library, UNC-Wilmington)