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Hunt Rixey

Confederate Memoranda on Daniel Hunt, Richmond, Virginia. Circa 1861-1862.

Daniel Hunt.-Born in Lowell, Mass.; lived in Boston; moved to Richmond twenty years ago; has lived here since and never been farther north than Baltimore. Prisoner married the daughter of Mr. Rixey, of Fauquier. He owned two houses in Richmond and some negroe on which he owed money, and when he closed business five or six years ago Mr. Rixey paid the balance due on them and they were secured to Mrs. Hunt, and all Mrs. Hunt's interest in her fathers estate is in slaves. In his old age Mr. Rixey married a Yankee woman. Eighteen months ago Mr. Rixey was taken sick and after lingering nearly a year died. When he was taken sick he sent for Hunt and his daughter. They went up to see him and remained with him till his death. When they went up they closed housekeeping and had their furniture stored away. Since his death they have been trying to get a house in Richmond. When our army fell back from Centreville Mrs. Rixey, the stepmother, prepared a flag which indicated her wish to make peace with the Yankees and showed it to Hunt. Hunt did not object until he went to Warrenton and saw young Mr. Rixey, who sent him a message disapproving it and refusing to consent to it. This message was delivered by Hunt, who also expressed then his disapprobation of the proceeding. Hunt is willing to take the oath of allegiance but his health does not permit him to enter the army. He is now over forty-five. I have inquired carefully into Hunt's character and course in Richmond and find he was always a good citizen; for a long time a Whig but for the last seven or eight years acting with the Democratic party and with the secession wing of this party. I am satisfied he is a good citizen and entirely Southern in his feeling. I recommend his discharge on taking the oath of allegiance.

SOURCE: Official Records of the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 2, pg. 1486

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