Baskets of Delicacies
Charles Norvell's son, on April 26, 1910, sent the following sketch of his father's Civil War days:
Charles Norvell joined the 2nd. Virginia Cavalry, as private, Capt. Charles Blackford Commanding, was later appointed Captain and served under General Stuart; taken prisoner at the second battle of Winchester, imprisoned at Fort Delaware and Johnson's Island for two years; exchanged a short while before the surrender of General Lee, at Appomattox. An amusing incident at the time of the exchange of prisoners is here related. Captain Norvell, with a dozen fellow prisoners from Johnson's Island left the train at the station in the northern part of the City of Baltimore, and, under guard, were marched down Charles Street, Baltimore, to the southern end of the City and placed in the guardhouse over night. The ladies, on the line of march, quickly recognized what was left of the stripes of the Confederate officers, and immediately sent down baskets of all kinds of delicacies, including a bountiful supply of champagne, with request that the Confederates be properly feasted. The Union officers, however, promptly confiscated the champagne for their own use, but were magnanimous enough to divide the spoils.
See the picture of the boy at:
Raphael Moses, a planter and Confederate officer from Columbus, was among the first to market peaches within Georgia in 1851 and is credited with being the first to ship and sell peaches successfully outside of the South. His method of shipping peaches in champagne baskets, rather than in pulverized charcoal, helped to preserve the flavor of the fruit and contributed to his success