Wicked Danville: Liquor and Lawlessness in a Southside Virginia City

Wicked Danville

Book Section: 

  • Nonfiction


Frankie Y Bailey






The History Press

Date First Published: 

April, 2011

Since the days when Danville's tobacco warehouses infamously served as stockades for Union prisoners, the history of this Virginia community has had its dark side. Take the rivalry between Reverend John Moffett and his anti-prohibitionist political nemesis, J.T. Clark. The good minister made his point about demon rum, but he lost his life for the cause. Then there was Police Chief R.E. Morris, who created quite a stir when it was discovered that he was, in fact, a Georgia fugitive wanted for murder. Join authors Frankie Bailey and Alice Green as they explore some not-so-wicked crimes and tiptoe through the vice-laden streets of historic Danville with tales of shifty politicians, moonshiners and scarlet ladies.