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When the South was divided into five military districts Francis H. Pierpont was serving as governor or Virginia; Charlottesville became district one.

  • November 17 – On this Thursday, Monticello was sold at auction under the Sequestration Act, for eighty thousand five hundred dollars – Benjamin F. Ficklin, purchaser.[1] According to The Daily Dispatch (Richmond, Va.), “A negro women and her seven children (all of the latter being under seven years of age) brought twenty-three thousand dollars. A negro man was sold for upwards of seven thousand dollars.” (In 1861, the Confederate Congress passed the Sequestration Act, authorizing the seizure of Northern property in direct retaliation for the First Confiscation Act.)


Virginia did not participate in the presidential election of 1864 and under military rule could not participate in the 1868 election.[2]


  • December 30 – Benjamin Ficklin (b. 1790; aged 74). According to Richmond's Daily Dispatch, "Benjamin Ficklin, an old citizen of Charlottesville, Virginia, died at Monticello." [3] A cenotaph to his memory is located in the Ficklin family section of Maplewood Cemetery. Ficklin's son, Benjamin F. Ficklin (1827–1871), purchased Monticello on the 17th, ultimo.




  1. The Daily Dispatch.(Richmond [Va.]), 22 Nov. 1864. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers.|Lib. of Congress. | https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84024738/1864-11-22/ed-1/seq-2/
  2. https://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/guides/rn21_election.pdf Presidential and Congressional Election Returns at the Library of Virginia
  3. The daily dispatch. (Richmond Va.), 07 Jan. 1865. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. | https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84024738/1865-01-07/ed-1/seq-1/

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