In my preliminary research, I found that a lot of businesses, offices and private residences were present on 6th Street during the Civil War. While there were no major events that occurred on the street, there were a number of robberies and runaways that were associated with the street. One thing that stood out to me was the number private residences on the street. They seemed to generally house people of wealth, as there were many notices that were looking for servants and slaves to employ. The houses rarely went up for sale or for rent, and this only seemed to occur in 1863 and 1864 when the times were more rough. However, it was evident that people began to have money problems on the street. One example of times becoming more difficult for the people of Richmond during the war was the storefront of G.D. Shell. His store seemed to be relatively successful as he moved to 6th Street to expand in 1861, but had to close down and sell the property in 1863. I would be interested in learning more about this property as well as tracking the trends of robbery and hiring help.
–The subscriber takes this opportunity of notifying the public that he has removed his place of business to the southwest corner of Clay and6th streets, nearly opposite to the Second Vegetable Market; and also returns thanks for the liberal patronage received, and respectfully requests a continuance of the same.
no 13–3taw3w G. D. Shell. (November 29, 1860)
Financial and commercial.
Real Estate.–The most important sale of the past few days was that of Mr. G. D. Shell’s shop building, at the corner of Clay and 6th streets → , near Second Market — the lot fronting 60 feet on ← 6th street, and running back, 100 feet. This property brought $18,975. (January 3, 1863)