Suffolk Christian Sun
March 7, 1862
Martial law has
been declared in Richmond, Norfolk
and for 10 miles around those cities. In
number of Union men have been arrested, among them John M. Botts,
Franklin Stearns, Valentine Hechler, Jno. M.
Higgins, D. Wardwell, and others.
Stearns is the great whiskey distiller, and is said to have remarked
when carried to prison that it would take a much larger house than that for all
the Union men in Richmond. He is a Northern man, by birth. The manufacture and sale of ardent spirits
has been forbidden in Richmond.
by Sharon Strout]