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Franklin Repository: June 29, 1864

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Description of Page: The "Political Intelligence" column appears on this page, along with an account of Lincoln's recent visit with General Grant and summaries of financial, personal, and war news.

Gambling Operation Defeated
(Column 1)
Summary: A ring of stock gamblers, including a man who identified himself as Joseph H. Miller, attempted to produce a panic and cause the price of Cumberland Coal Company stock to plummet so they could buy it up. The scheme entailed convincing the public, via the newspapers, that rebel forces had invaded Cumberland Valley, but Mr. Gilmore, the telegraph operator in Chambersburg, was suspicious of the dispatches he was supposed to be sending. Instead of sending them along to the Associated Press in New York and the Philadelphia Inquirer, he passed them along to Major General Couch, who confirmed that it was a hoax.
(Names in announcement: Joseph H. Miller, Mr. Gilmore, Major Gen. Couch)
From the 21st Cavalry
(Column 2)
Summary: News from the front, where the 21st Cavalry had to fight as Infantry (a "cruel test," for they had never been drilled even an hour in infantry movements). There is also an account of the wounding of Col. Boyd, who was "sitting down cheering his men and smoking his pipe" when a sharpshooter got him. 2d Lieut. R. Water of Co. E was struck upon the side of the neck with a shell and instantly killed, one of nine men to die. A total of forty-nine were wounded.
(Names in announcement: 2d Lieut. R. Water, Col. William H. Boyd)
Origin of Article: Camp one mile from Chickahominy River, June 8th, 1864.
Editorial Comment: "The 21st in Battle--A Brilliant Charge--Col. Boyd Wounded--The Regiment Complimented--Nine Killed and Forty-nine Wounded"
Trailer: W. H. R.
[No Title]
(Column 6)
Summary: "The Richmond Whig, contemplating the scarcity of provisions in the rebel capital, proposes to expel the Irish and German women, who are running from place to place where charity is dispensed, 'just as hogs in the fall of the year run from one apple tree to another.' The New York Post suggests that they be exchanged for an equal number of rebel women, who are now crowding the boarding houses of New York, and twenty thousand of whom are known to the police."

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Description of Page: Includes reviews of Grant's campaign, a transcription of a speech by James T. Brady at a mass meeting held in honor of Grant in New York on June 4th, anecdotes, and advertisements, with the following headings: Dry & Fancy Goods; Watches and Jewelry; Education; Medical.

[No Title]
(Column 2)
Summary: "Do not venture into a sick room if you are in a violent perspiration: for the moment your body becomes cold it is in a state likely to absorb the infection; nor visit a sick person (if the complaint be of a contagious nature) with an empty stomach, nor swallow your saliva. In attending a sick person, place yourself where the air passes from the door or window to the bed of the invalid, not between the invalid and the fire, as the heat of the fire will draw the infections vapor in that direction, and you would run much danger from breathing in it."
(Column 3)
Summary: "Flirtation, whether seriously or lightly considered, is injurious to a woman as well as unbecoming to her. It is a broad unblushing confession which the individual makes, of her desire to attract the notice of men. No girl ever made a happy union by flirtation, because no man capable of making a woman permanently happy was ever attracted by that which is disgusting to persons of intelligent refinement."

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Description of Page: Entirely advertisements, with the following headings: Gutta-Percha Roofing; Medical; Publications; Tobacco and Segars; Dentistry; Co-partnership Notices; Groceries; &c; Hardware, Cutlery, &c; Forwarding Houses; Attorneys at Law; Hats, Caps, & Straw Goods; Miscellaneous.

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Description of Page: This page includes various barbs thrown at the Valley Spirit, more articles about Pennsylvanian politics and politicians, and small news items.

Pennsylvania Congressmen
(Column 1)
Summary: An overview of the Pennsylvania Congressmen, and a look toward the next term, as the long session of Congress draws to a close. Franklin County is in the 16th District, represented by Coffroth, who will probably be "run out" by Col. Jordan of Bedford, or Gen. Koontz of Somerset in the next election.
(Names in announcement: Coffroth, Col. Jordan, Gen. Koontz)
Coffroth Speaks a Piece
(Column 2)
Summary: Scathing ridicule of Coffroth, the present Representative of the 16th District. For instance: "It is not the fault of Coffroth that Coffroth cannot reason; for his reason is not of his own creation, and it would be unfilial to blame his parents--blasphemous to blame his God. Hence the mantle of charity falls over such mingled nonsense and half-fledged treason as Coffroth utters."
(Names in announcement: Alexander H. Coffroth)
"The Methodist Sunday School Convention"
(Column 6)
Summary: Of the thirty-nine schools reporting at the Methodist Sunday School Convention for the Carlisle District, the one in Chambersburg is the oldest--dating since 1821, and of the sixty-four in the district, Chambersburg is the largest, with 275 scholars. Rev. F. Dyson was the reporter for the Chambersburg section of the district. There are 1,050 teachers and officers and 4,800 scholars in the entire district.
(Names in announcement: Rev. F. Dyson)

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Description of Page: Page includes "Latest News," much of it about the war, and new advertisements.

The Gallant 21st Cavalry
(Column 1)
Summary: A brief history of this new regiment, including a listing, supplied by Sergt. Maj. H. B. Kindig, of those known to be killed and wounded in the recent fighting. Capt. Hullinger's company was detached and sent to the mining region of Pennsylvania "on special duty," but the rest of the companies of the "Gallant 21st" soon found themselves in the thick of the fighting at Cold Harbor and then at Petersburg The need for infantry reinforcements was great, and the 21st had to "dismount, turn over their horses and equipments, shoulder muskets and march at once to the front as infantry." In the action of June 2 & 3, Col. William H. Boyd was wounded seriously in the neck. In Company A, Privates E. J. Menear, Henry J. Stern, and William T. Sheeler were wounded; In Company B, Privates Peter H. Mickley and John Beitler were killed, Sergt. L. J. Hart and Privates Charles S. Prosser, William Toot, N. D. Miller, George W. Conrad, and Samuel A. Peacock were wounded; In Company C, Capt. D. B. Vondersmith, Sergt. D. J. Vincent, Corp. James Bush, Privates George Houser and William E. Hack were wounded; In Company E, 2d Lieut. R. Waters and Private John Kayton were killed, Sergt. Buchanan, Corp. G. W. Bowman, Privates George Kline, D. F. Pratt, and John Greenawalt were killed; In Company F, Corp. G. W. Davis and Privates John Meloy and J. W. Vancamp were wounded; In Company G, Private John Smith was killed, Capt. W. H. Phillips, 1st Sergt. Emmet Reynolds, Privates John A. Hurst and William Drum were wounded; In Company H, Sergt. M'Clellan, Privates D. Keppley, Theo Parker, and Frank Strunk were wounded; In Company I, Sergt. Wagoner and Private Parker were killed, Lieut. M. P. Doyle, Corp. H. C. Edmiston, Sergts. Wilfong and John R. M'Millen, Privates M. Geiger and William Kline were wounded; In Company K, Private Henry Oyler was killed, Privates G. W. E. Small and John Clark were wounded; In Company L, Corp. Scott and Privates P. Strine and Jacob Sharer were wounded; In Company M, Privates Max Stohr and Jacob Leer were wounded. In the action of June 17-19, Lieut. Col. R. F. Moson and Major Charles F. Gillies were wounded. In Company A, Capt. H. W. M'Call, Sergt. L. F. Johnson, Corp. Joseph Smith, Privates B. Walters, Charles Shroeder, James Gordon and Daniel Heikes were wounded; In Company B, 1st Lieut. H. G. Lott, Sergt. L. Bronizer, Privates C. Lynn, D. Krouse, and William M'Clellan were wounded; In Company C, Privates J. Kaufman and Samuel Thompson were wounded; In Company E, Corp. A. Howard, Privates D. Burkholder, C. Hollar, John Alexander, William B. Gill, and Marion Baker were wounded; In Company F, Privates Harrison Lohr, William H. Pearson, and Airwine Horner were killed, Privates J. R. Miller, George Palmer, Pat Markey, D. Plowman, Samuel Stutzman, and A. Smith were wounded; In Company G, Private William A. Bingaman was killed; Corp. W. Cooper, Privates E. Wilson, John Huss, H. Barrack, Thomas Wills, Israel Kyle, Henry Melker, and J. C. Lambert were wounded; In Company H, Privates Hugh Carr and William Minnick were killed, Sergt. E. Hickman, Corp. J. K. Lehman, Privates G. H. Reinohl, D. B. Bechtel, John W. Weaver, Burket, J. Lawrence, J. Kepley, W. Augline, and J. Bowman were wounded; In Company I, Privates D. Rousch, John Knight, Charles Nicholas, John Blair, G. W. Whiteneck, A. Bollinger, John Fisher, and Jere Kauffman were wounded; In Company K, Private George Shaffer was killed, Sergt. F. Gamble, Privates John M'Cormick and H. Ruthrauff were wounded; In Company L, Privates Thomas Fannycase, Joseph Wilson, William H. Huber, L. Vanderaw, William Stone, C. W. Bender, Jere Weaver, William Myers, Daniel Henry, S. Stickell, and William H. Unger were wounded; In Company M, Corp. J. H. Kendig, Privates Samuel Norris, Simon Fitz, and Frank Neal were killed, Sergts. E. L. Wright, John Armstrong, John K. Bair, Charles Sherzer, Corps. James Robinson, Thomas Dickerson, Privates Thaddeus Filby, William Wright, James Pennell, Thomas Hays, and Harvey Williamson were wounded. The Herald adds the following names of men killed and wounded in the fighting on the 22nd: David Leat, Milton Stewart, William Travis, and George B. Wiser, all killed, and Lieut. John A. Devers, wounded. Lieut. Levy, commissary of the 21st, and Lieut. Clark, quartermaster in charge of headquarters' commissary wagons, narrowly escaped a shot that killed an "inoffensive mule" when it ricocheted between the two men.
(Names in announcement: Capt. Hullinger, Sergt. Maj. H. B. Kindig, Col. William H. Boyd, Pvt. E. J. Menear, Pvt. Henry J. Stern, Pvt. William T. Sheeler, Pvt. Peter H. Mickley, Pvt. John Beitler, Sergt. L. J. Hart, Pvt. Charles S. Prosser, Pvt. William Toot, Pvt. N. D. Miller, Pvt. George W. Conrad, Pvt. Samuel A. Peacock, Capt. D. B. Vondersmith, Sergt. D. J. Vincent, Corp. James Bush, Pvt. George Houser, Pvt. William E. Hack, 2d Lieut. R. Waters, Pvt. John Kayton, Sergt. Buchanan, Corp. G. W. Bowman, Pvt. George Kline, Pvt. D. F. Pratt, Pvt. John Greenawalt, Corp. G. W. Davis, Pvt. John Meloy, Pvt. J. W. Vancamp, Pvt. John Smith, Capt. W. H. Phillips, 1st Sergt. Emmet Reynolds, Pvt. John A. Hurst, Pvt. William Drum, Sergt. M'Clellan, Pvt. D. Keppley, Pvt. Theo Parker, Pvt. Frank Strunk, Sergt. Wagoner, Pvt. Parker, Lieut. M. P. Doyle, Corp. H. C. Edmiston, Sergt. Wilfong, Sergt. John R. M'Millen, Pvt. M. Geiger, Pvt. William Kline, Pvt. Henry Oyler, Pvt. G. W. E. Small, Pvt. John Clark, Corp. Scott, Pvt. P. Strine, Pvt. Jacob Sharer, Pvt. Max Stohr, Pvt. Jacob Leer, Lieut. Col. R. F. Moson, Maj. Charles F. Gillies, Capt. H. W. M'Call, Sergt. L. F. Johnson, Corp. Joseph Smith, Pvt. B. Walters, Pvt. Charles Shroeder, Pvt. James Gordon, Pvt. Daniel Heikes, 1st Lieut. H. G. Lott, Sergt. L. Bronizer, Pvt. C. Lynn, Pvt. D. Krouse, Pvt. William M'Clellan, Pvt. J. Kaufman, Pvt. Samuel Thompson, Corp. A. Howard, Pvt. D. Burkholder, Pvt. C. Hollar, Pvt. John Alexander, Pvt. William B. Gill, Pvt. Marion Baker, Pvt. Harrison Lohr, Pvt. William H. Pearson, Pvt. Airwine Horner, Pvt. J. R. Miller, Pvt. George Palmer, Pvt. Pat Markey, Pvt. D. Plowman, Pvt. Samuel Stutzman, Pvt. A. Smith, Pvt. William N. Bingaman, Corp. W. Cooper, Pvt. E. Wilson, Pvt. John Huss, Pvt. H. Barrack, Pvt. Thomas Wills, Pvt. Israel Kyle, Pvt. Henry Melker, Pvt. J. C. Lambert, Pvt. Hugh Carr, Pvt. William Minnick, Sergt. E. Hickman, Corp. J. K. Lehman, Pvt. G. H. Reinohl, Pvt. D. B. Bechtel, Pvt. John W. Weaver, Pvt. Burket, Pvt. J. Lawrence, Pvt. J. Kepley, Pvt. W. Augline, Pvt. J. Bowman, Pvt. D. Rousch, Pvt. John Knight, Pvt. Charles Nicholas, Pvt. John Blair, Pvt. G. W. Whiteneck, Pvt. A. Bollinger, Pvt. John Fisher, Pvt. Jere Kauffman, Pvt. George Shaffer, Sergt. F. Gamble, Pvt. John M'Cormick, Pvt. H. Ruthrauff, Pvt. Thomas Fannycase, Pvt. Joseph Wilson, Pvt. William H. Huber, Pvt. L. Vanderaw, Pvt. William Stone, Pvt. C. W. Bender, Pvt. Jere Weaver, Pvt. William Myers, Pvt. Daniel Henry, Pvt. S. Stickell, Pvt. William H. Unger, Corp. J. H. Kendig, Samuel Norris, Pvt. Simon Fitz, Pvt. Frank Neal, Sergt. E. L. Wright, Sergt. John Armstrong, Sergt. John K. Bair, Sergt. Charles Sherzer, Corp. James Robinson, Corp. Thomas Dickerson, Pvt. Thaddeus Filby, Pvt. William Wright, Pvt. James Pennell, Pvt. Thomas Hays, Pvt. Harvey Williamson, Lieut. Levy, Lieut. Clark, David Leat, Milton Stewart, William Travis, George B. Wiser, Lieut. John A. Devers)
From Libby Prison
(Column 1)
Summary: An account of the outrages of Libby Prison, supplied by Mr. Peter Bowers, of Co. A, 13th Pennsylvania Cavalry, who was imprisoned there for sixty days. The men are nearly starved to death, and subjected to "the strictest vigilance and most revolting brutality." The dead were taken to the "dead room," where they often remained for days, decomposing in full view of those prisoners who were still alive.
(Names in announcement: Peter Bowers)
Union Refugees
(Column 2)
Summary: Twenty-two Union refugees from Virginia, all women and children, have reached the vicinity of Greencastle, where Mr. Mickley has "hospitably entertained" them. They are Mrs. Wesley Hensley, with seven children; Mrs. Robert Hensley, with five children; Mrs. Matthew Lamb, with six children; and Mrs. Hiram Hensley. Their husbands had preceded them, making up a party of men cutting timber in Adams County, but small pox had broken out among the men. Some had died, included one of the husbands, and the rest had scattered, all of which was news to the women.
(Names in announcement: Mr. Mickley, Mrs. Wesley Hensley, Mrs. Robert Hensley, Mrs. Matthew Lamb, Mrs. Hiram Hensley)
Full Text of Article:

The Greencastle Pilot gives an account of a number of Union Refugees from Virginia. It says that owing to the impoverished condition of the country, and impelled by the natural desire to be with their husbands again, four married women (with eighteen children) set out from the vicinity of Hensley's Methodist Church, Rockingham county, Va., on Wednesday, the 8th of June, for Pennsylvania, where they expected to meet their husbands, who had left some months previous for the freer and purer atmosphere of the loyal Stotes [sic].

The names of the party are as follows, viz: Mrs. Wesley Hensley, with seven children; Mrs. Rob't Hensley, with five children; Mrs. Matthew Lamb, with six children, and Mrs. Hiram Hensley, making twenty-two persons in all. They had, when they started, two two-horse wagons and when three miles from Edinsburg, a party of guerrillas came out from a dense wood on the road, and took the best horse from them. They were then compelled to load up their effects and the small children in one wagon and abandon the other. The women and large children had to walk all the way from that place, and met with no further interruption on the road. At Martinsburg they readily procured a pass to cross the Potomac. On last Thursday the party, way-worn and foot-sore, reached the vicinity of Greencastle, and were hospitably entertained by Mr. Mickley.

Their destitute condition becoming known to our citizens, contributions were at once made, and these women and children sent by railroad to Harrisburg. Their horses and wagon were sent in charge of one of their friends in the same direction.

Our readers will remember that some months ago we published a statement that a band of twenty-four men, Union refugees from Rockingham co., Va., had passed over the South Mountain into Adams county, where they were engaged in cutting timber. Here the small pox broke out among the party, and some of them died, and the rest scattered: among those who died was a son of the elder Mrs. Hensly, the husband of the younger woman of that name. The first intelligence they had of this fact they received here, and were distressed very much in consequence.

Body Found
(Column 2)
Summary: The body of Charles Pencyl, whose disappearance was noticed in early April, was found by George Waltman and his small son, in the woods near Charles Harclerode's in Bedford County. Waltman was at the foot of Dunning's Mountain, looking for his cows when his son spotted a soldier's hat, which led to the discovery of the body, "torn asunder, and scattered" by beasts. Foul play has been ruled out, and it is presumed that he "perished from exposure" on the night of the 29th of March, "when he had lost his way in a heavy snow storm."
(Names in announcement: Charles Pencyl, George Waltman, Charles Harclerode)
Franklin County Rebel Killed
(Column 2)
Summary: Sheridan's official account of the battle on the 12th of June reported that Col. McAllister was among the rebel dead, and it is thought that this must be Thomas McAllister, formerly of St. Thomas, who had moved to Virginia and "turned up as a rebel Colonel." While in Franklin County, he was chosen for the legislature in 1846 with Maj. John M. Pomeroy, but was not returned. His brother, Col. Robert McAllister, of Juniata, "has commanded a New Jersey regiment for two years past, and has twice been in battle when his rebel brother's command was engaged against him."
(Names in announcement: Col. Thomas McAllister, Robert McAllister)
Full Text of Article:

Gen. Sheridan in his official account of his battle with Lee's cavalry near Gordonsville, on the 12th inst., reports among the rebel dead left on the field, "Col McAllister, commanding a regiment, killed." This doubtless was Thomas McAllister, formerly of St. Thomas, in this county. He was a native of Juniata, and moved here some time about 1840; was chosen to the legislature in 1846 with Maj. John M. Pomeroy, but was not returned. Soon after he moved to Virginia, turned up as a rebel Colonel, and has at last met the hard fate he invited by his treason. His brother, Col. Robert McAllister, of Juniata, has commanded a New Jersey regiment for two years past, and has twice been in battle when his rebel brother's command was engaged against him.

Death of a Soldier
(Column 3)
Summary: Jno. Shockey, son of Isaac Shockey, Esq., of Franklin County, has died from the effects of a wound sustained in an engagement near Richmond. He was nineteen or twenty years old, and had been in the service for about two years.
(Names in announcement: Jno. Shockey, Isaac ShockeyEsq.)
[No Title]
(Column 3)
Summary: "The last portion of the Signal Corps encamped near this place started for Harpers Ferry on Monday last under command of Lieut. Kennedy. It numbered about sixty men. Many of the number are from this county, sons of some of our most respectable citizens and are by education and physical development well qualified for the particular branch of the service to which they are attached. This was the last body of troops encamped about this place."
(Names in announcement: Lieut. Kennedy)
Not Killed
(Column 3)
Summary: The reported death of John T. Harmony of the 21st Pennsylvania Cavalry has been contradicted. A letter from him states that he escaped unhurt.
(Names in announcement: Capt. John T. Harmony)
Vocal and Instrumental Concert
(Column 3)
Summary: "Vocal and instrumental concert, by the young Ladies of the Seminary at Franklin Hall, on Thursday evening next at 8 o'clock. Proceeds for the Christian Commission. Tickets 20 cts., to be had at the Bookstores and at the door."
[No Title]
(Column 3)
Summary: "In a recent charge upon rebel pickets made by the advance guard of the 11th Penna. Cav., Geo. F. Cook had a horse shot dead under him, and John Elser was taking [sic] prisoner. Both of these soldiers are from this place."
(Names in announcement: George F. Cook, John Elser)
(Column 3)
Summary: "Mr. David Hollar, residing near Orrstown, had one of his feet entirely cut off by a Reaper on Monday last. Amputation was rendered necessary and successfully performed above the ankle."
(Names in announcement: David Hollar)
"The anniversary of the Mission School"
(Column 3)
Summary: "The anniversary of the Mission School (colored) will be held in the Presbyterian Church, on Sabbath afternoon next, at 3 o'clock. Friends of the cause are invited to attend."
(Column 3)
Summary: Andrew Henry, of Hamilton township, and Miss Lizzie Peifer, of Chambersburg, were married on June 12, 1864, by the Rev. S. McHenry.
(Names in announcement: Andrew Henry, Miss Lizzie Peifer, Rev. S. McHenry)
(Column 3)
Summary: Robert Culbertson died in his sleep on June 21, 1864, in Amberson's Valley. He was 81 years, 11 months, and 5 days old.
(Names in announcement: Robert Culbertson)
(Column 3)
Summary: William Steppler, son of Andrew and Mary Steppler, died on June 25, 1864, aged 2 years, 1 month and 11 days.
(Names in announcement: William Steppler, Andrew Steppler, Mary Steppler)
(Column 3)
Summary: Mrs. Rebecca Susan Coble, wife of George Coble, Jr., and second daughter of Robert and Caroline Clugston, of Waynesboro, died on June 21, 1864, aged 26 years, 5 months, and 17 days.
(Names in announcement: Mrs. Rebecca Susan Coble, George CobleJr., Robert Clugston, Caroline Clugston)
(Column 3)
Summary: Mrs. Christian Burkholder died near Fayetteville on June 22, 1864, aged 63 years, 6 months, and 17 days.
(Names in announcement: Mrs. Christian Burkholder)
(Column 3)
Summary: Mrs. Maria Crumlick died in Loudon on June 25, 1864, aged 79 years, 8 months, and 25 days.
(Names in announcement: Mrs. Maria Crumlick)
(Column 3)
Summary: Mrs. Magdalena Gregor in St. Thomas township on June 18, 1864, aged 100 years, 1 month, and 12 days. "She was the maternal ancestor of 9 children, 31 grand children, 87 great grand children, and 6 great great grand children, making 133 of a posterity, and representing five generations."
(Names in announcement: Mrs. Magdalena Gregor)

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Description of Page: Entirely advertisements, with the following headings: Lines of Travel; Pension and Bounty Agencies; Medical; Musical; Boots and Shoes; Dye-Colors; Drugs, Medicines, &c; Dry & Fancy Goods; Books and Stationery.

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Description of Page: Entirely advertisements, with the following headings: Clothing; Insurance; Justices of the Peace; Coal, Lumber, &c; Liquors; Physicians; Agricultural; Trees, Plants, and Vines; Saddlery, Harness, &c; Confectioners; Seeds, Medical.

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Description of Page: Includes a lengthy article about the wheat crop, which will have about half the normal yield in the Southern counties, due mainly to the severity of the past winter. There are also advertisements, with the following headings: Wants; Financial; Real Estate Sales; Hotels; Military Notices; Legal Notices.