Three items from the Alexandria Gazette, April 24, 1861.
The Alexandria Gazette reported on April 24, 1861, that the city's convention delegate, George William Brent, had returned home two days earlier and received a hearty welcome. Brent had voted against secession on April 4 and again on April 17, but he later signed two copies of the Ordinance of Secession. The newspaper also reported on stagnant business conditions and that "Nothing moves now on the river but war steamers and small craft." Because "many of our mechanics and laboring men are out of employment," the editor wrote, "Those who can, at this season, give work, should do so."