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Staunton Vindicator: August 28, 1863

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Description of Page: This page includes a list of deserters from the 52nd Regiment of Virginia Volunteers, a proclamation from President Davis, information on the Tax Act, a remedy for diphtheria, an article on the exodus of African Americans in Mississippi, war news, and advertisements.

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Description of Page: Also on this page are a list of market prices for crops and staples, the text of Governor Letcher's proclamation calling for a meeting of the General Assembly, a reprint of orders concerning the granting of furloughs, an editorial on taxes, war news, advertisements, and legal notices.

A Patriotic Spirit Shows
(Column 1)
Summary: On last Friday, the day of fasting, word reached the Commandant of the Post that an enemy force was contemplating a raid on Staunton. General Imboden immediately moved his forces from Rockingham to just a few miles from Staunton. On Sunday night, the enemy crossed the mountains at Buffalo Gap, about twelve miles from Staunton. Everything was readied for the raid, including the citizens volunteer units. All citizens were eager to participate and help. The editor praises the turnout and states that the event demonstrates that the hearts of the citizens support the cause of the war. He claims that the county was ready in case there had been an attack.
(Names in announcement: General Imboden, Colonel W. H. Harman)
Fatal Accident on the Central Railroad
(Column 1)
Summary: An accident on the Central Railroad occurred last Tuesday at Bumpass's Furnace when the train ran off the track, killed two persons, and injured several others.
School Exhibition
(Column 5)
Summary: The first annual commencement of the St. Francis School will be at the Catholic Church in Staunton, August 31, at 8:00 p.m. The exhibition will include recitations and music, under the direction of Professor Ide. Tickets are one dollar. Proceeds will pay the expenses of the event, with surplus going to the benefit of sick soldiers in the General Hospital. Tickets may be bought at John Scherrer's store or at the door.
(Names in announcement: Professor Ide, Mr. John Scherrer)
$25 Reward
(Column 5)
Summary: Scott, a slave, 12, light complexion, straight hair, ran away on August 13 from John A. Bickle. Bickle thinks Scott is still in the area and offers $25 for his return.
(Names in announcement: John A. Bickle)