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Staunton Vindicator: June 7, 1861

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Description of Page: Miscellaneous war news from Acquia Creek and Fairfax Court House, column 3

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(Column 2)
Summary: The Vindicator apologizes for the lack of editorial material in the paper this week, but the editor is away.
Condition of the N.W. Border
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Summary: The Vindicator agrees with those who opposed a popular vote on the ordinance of secession last February. The recent vote has provided Lincoln with a sense of where Union supporters live. He has used this information to move troops into the northwestern corner of the state.
Full Text of Article:

Condition of the N.W. Border.

The present condition of things in our State, which was anticipated by those who in February last voted against the reference back to the people, of the ordinance of secession, proves the wisdom of that vote.--They loved the people and their rights better than to expose them to the dangers of such a reference,--and it is remarkable that here, and all over the State, the vote against reference was given by the constant and earnest advocates of popular rights--but who were unwilling that their liberties and lives should be jeopardized by the exercise of that right in a way to endanger them. What is the result? The vote on ratification has been taken in the midst of war, and in the face of a vigilant and unscrupulous enemy, who had the whole State filled with his spies, and that enemy thro' information derived from the polls has been made aware of every opponent of State Rights, and his location. It would have been just as wise to have furnished Abraham Lincoln with a list of his friends in Virginia--their names, locality, and showing where he could find aid and comfort among us. The noble old State has gone by a majority of some 150,000 for Secession, but Lincoln has been told by the pretended lovers of popular supremacy, that one little corner of our State is by heavy majorities opposed to her sovereignty, and that too on its border most exposed to invasion.

By that fatal vote on Ratification, the record of the North West shows Mr. Lincoln the names of his friends, and how quickly has he availed himself of the information. His armies are already there, and our brave defenders--our own sons and brothers, are in imminent danger. The latest intelligence from that quarter informs us that our little force at Grafton have been compelled to retreat from that place to Phillippi, before superior numbers of the Northern forces, thus leaving the Baltimore and Ohio Rail Road from Wheeling nearly to Harper's Ferry in undisputed possession of the enemy, and that on Monday morning last, our men were surprised and driven from Phillippi, with the loss of several lives, many arms and all their stores, and that they have now retreated to Beverly, in Randolph county. This news is somewhat mitigated by the intelligence that by a brave stand of Capt. Moomaw's company, and perhaps others, in a wood some two miles from Phillippi, the enemy were surprized in turn, and driven back with great loss. Five of our men are said to have been killed, and about sixty or eighty of the enemy in the conflict. But we have lost our position, and the loss of arms and provisions must have left our little force in bad condition. There is an old saying that holds good in all the affairs of life, but especially in war, that "whatever is worth doing at all, is worth doing well." If our North Western border is not to be given up to the Northern enemy, surely some efficient reinforcements should be sent there at once.--We are informed that the condition of our little force there has been hitherto most disheartening. With no artillery, and not more than ten rounds of powder for the small arms, our men too, raw and undisciplined, and badly officered. One of the brave men who brought the news of the retreat from Phillippi, expresses the conviction that a well-appointed force of 2,500 men could master in sheir [sic] mountain passes any number that might be sent against them.

We appeal to our rulers to know whether the protection of the loyal men of our border, and the relief from alarm, and the danger of incursions, of those further in the interior would not justify such a force in the Northwest, and another of the same size in the West. Our fighting men have been drawn from among us to the East and to Harper's Ferry, so as to leave all West Virginia in a very defenseless condition. Will not this fact, without more vigilance on the part of the War Department, invite our invasion, or at least expose our population to alarm and panic? We hope the able heads of our War Department will have an eye to these things.

Stephen A. Douglas
(Column 2)
Summary: Announces Douglas's death in Chicago.
Origin of Article: Richmond Dispatch
The Virginia Sentinel
(Column 3)
Summary: Announces that the editor of the Sentinel, which is published in Alexandria, moved much of the paper's equipment in anticipation of the Union invasion. The editor will continue to publish the paper.
Robbed and Disgraced
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Summary: The Spirit complains that the Pennsylvania volunteers are being badly clothed and fed by the corrupt and incompetent state government.
Origin of Article: (Chambersburg) Valley Spirit
Arrest of Ed. C. Randolph
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Summary: Ed. C. Randolph was arrested in Middlebrook and charged with being a spy. His trial will begin next Saturday.
(Names in announcement: Ed. C. Randolph, Major M.G. Harman, Lt. B.F. Eakle, James SkinnerEsq., Thos. J. Michie, H.W. Sheffey)
Origin of Article: Staunton Spectator
Meeting of the Officers of the late Fifth Regiment of Va. Volunteers
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Summary: The Fifth Regiment, from Augusta, met at Harper's Ferry and passed resolutions praising Col. W.S.H. Baylor, its former commander, and expressing its disagreement with the action taken by the State Convention to replace Col. Baylor.
(Names in announcement: W.S.H. Baylor, Capt. Jas. H. Waters, 1st Lieut. Jas. C. Marquis, 2d Lieut. Wm. Blackburn, 2d Lieut. Thos. Burke, Capt. S.M. Crawford, , , Capt. H.J. Williams, 1st. Lieut. W.C. McKamey, 2d Lieut. Saml. M. Helms, 3d Lieut. W.H. Randolph, 1st Lieut. M.A. McComb, 2d Lieut. J.W. Gipson, 3d Lieut. J.H. Keiser, Capt. O.F. Grinnan, 1st. Lieut. C.W. Grills, 2d Lieut. Henry Ross, 3d Lieut. J.W. Wilson, 1st. Lt. W.G. Gilkerson, 2d Lt. O.H. Ramsey, 3d Lt. C.H. Calhoun, 1st Lt. W.P. Johnson, Jas. W. Newton, St. Francis C. Roberts)

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Summary: Writer likens battle to a purifying thunder storm and argues that "As in the elements, as in air, earth and water, agitation is essential sometimes, to vitality and health, so in the political world."
Trailer: H.E.C.
The "Weakness" of the South
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Summary: Argues that the South can put far more of its men into battle than can the North because so much of its labor is done by slaves.
Origin of Article: The Age (N.Y.)
Dear Vindicator:
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Summary: Letter from a former Virginian currently residing in Montgomery, Alabama, who states that he is not surprised that the Confederate government left Montgomery. He argues that the government has to be in Virginia, which will be the "field where our nationality is to be won. No one who looks at the map of our country, can doubt that Virginia is to be the great battle-field; that upon her soil, or from her soil, our people are to strike the decisive blow for independence."
By the Governor: A Proclamation
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Summary: Gov. Letcher calls for all volunteer companies not already mustered into service to prepare to be mustered. He also urges any Virginian who has not already done so to join a volunteer company and resist the invading Federal forces.
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Summary: Louisa Lushbaugh, wife of Harman, died on May 24 at age 37.
(Names in announcement: Mrs. Louisa Lushbaugh, Harman Lushbaugh)
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Summary: Thomas Ball died in Fincastle at the home of his brother-in-law, Dr. Hopkins, on May 27 at age 54.
(Names in announcement: Thomas C. Ball, Dr. S.D. Hopkins)
Southern Fencibles
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Summary: The Volunteer Company being raised by Capt. Skinner is encamped at the Academy and will be organized tomorrow.