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Staunton Vindicator: September 25, 1863

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Description of Page: This page contains a reprinted list of deserters from the 52nd Regiment of Virginia Volunteers, war news, proceedings from the General Assembly, and advertisements.

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Description of Page: Also on this page are articles on the war, advertisements, and notices.

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Summary: The editor attributes all the "ill success" the Confederates have had in battle to the number of men absent without leave. He asserts that these men would scorn the idea of being classified as deserters, even though their anxiety about family and friends caused them to act as if they were deserters. The reluctance for citizens and government to call them deserters has resulted in an increase in their numbers, to the point that the cause of the Confederacy has been affected. The Senate has passed a bill that is before the House and that addresses the punishment of these men. The editor calls for their return to duty before they are labeled deserters under this bill. The text of the senate bill is reprinted here.
For the Vindicator
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Summary: The correspondent wonders why Colonel William L. Jackson has not been promoted to Brigadier General and writes to inform the public about his military leadership and debt the people of northwest Virginia have to him.
Trailer: Institia
Dr. F. T. Stribling
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Summary: Dr. F. T. Stribling, the Superintendent of the Central Lunatic Asylum, has been sick for a number of months, but the editor is happy to report seeing him on the street recently. Stribling appears to be on his way to recovery.
(Names in announcement: Dr. F. T. Stribling)
A Good Example--Who Will Follow It?
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Summary: Praises Jeremiah K. Pitzer of Roanoke County for furnishing his entire crop of flour to the government at fifteen dollars per barrel, except for the ten barrels he donated to the County Committee of Supply for soldiers' families. This act of liberality and patriotism should be an example to others.
Origin of Article: Lynchburg Virginian
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Summary: The grocery store of Thomas Honahan was broken into last Saturday night and robbed of 35-40 gallons of brandy, 56 pounds of candy, 1000 cigars, 18 glass jars, and 2 cut glass decanters, all valued at between $1800 and $2000.
(Names in announcement: Mr. Thomas Honahan)
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Summary: General Wigfall has accepted the invitation to speak Monday night to the citizens of Augusta, along with General Smith. The editor especially invites the women of Augusta to attend.
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Summary: Lizzie M. Cease married John W. Bare, both of Staunton, on September 10 at the home of her mother, with Rev. Mr. Dice officiating.
(Names in announcement: Rev. Mr. Dice, Mr. John W. Bare, Miss Lizzie M. Cease)
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Summary: Bettie J. Baskin, daughter of James H. Baskin, Esquire, of Staunton, married Lieutenant James S. Gilbert, 7th Regiment, S. C. Volunteers, Albemarle District S. C., on September 7, with Rev. Mr. Campbell officiating.
(Names in announcement: Rev. Mr. Campbell, Miss Bettie J. Baskin, James H. BaskinEsquire)
Tax in Kind!
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Summary: This notice instructs producers of the 11th congressional district where to deliver the tithes of their goods, as ordered by the Quartermaster General's Office. Delivery points are in Harrisonburg, Lexington, and Staunton.
(Names in announcement: Major H. M. BellQuartermaster, Captain R. H. PhilipsA. Q. M., Captain E. W. BaileyA. Q. M.)
To Farmers
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Summary: Post Quartermaster O. Smith instructs farmers that they may deliver their tithes of wheat or buckwheat to the following mills: Steam Mill in Staunton, Joseph B. Trimble's Mill, Washington Swoope's Mill, Hogehead's, O. C. Morris's, Samuel Cline's, John Bell's, H. G. Guthrie's, A. H. H. Stuart's Mill, William F. Smith's.
(Names in announcement: Joseph B. Trimble, Washington Swoope, O. C. Morris, Samuel Cline, John Bell, H. G. Guthrie, A. H. H. Stuart, William F. Smith)