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Staunton Vindicator: October 2, 1863

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

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Description of Page: Also on this page are war news and additional advertisements and notices.

Meeting on Monday
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Summary: Generals Wigfall and Smith addressed an unusually large gathering of Augusta citizens at the court house last Monday. These distinguished gentlemen have been in service in the field and in government and offer counsel and wisdom based on their experience. The assembly passed resolutions that the editor hopes will end "extortion and disloyalty in Old Augusta."
Skirmish and Capture of Prisoners
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Summary: Two companies of Imboden's Cavalry attacked the enemy at Burnt House, about seven miles from Beverly, and captured thirty-eight horses and thirty-seven Yankees. The prisoners passed through Staunton on their way to Richmond.
(Names in announcement: General Imboden)
Public Speaking
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Summary: At the large gathering of Augusta citizens on Monday, September 28, a committee was appointed to write resolutions which were unanimously adopted following the speeches by Generals Wigfall and Smith. The Honorable A. H. H. Stuart was appointed chairman, and A. F. Kinney was appointed secretary of the assembly. Thomas J. Michie, Benjamin Crawford, and Matthew Pilson were appointed to a committee to host the speakers. Thomas J. Michie, Major S. L. Lewis, Jacob Baylor, Samuel B. Finley, William P. Tate, J. Marshall McCue, Dr. John McChesney, A. Koiner, and John S. Ellis were appointed to the resolutions committee. N. C. Trout and S. B. Finley offered other motions. The resolutions thank the women of the county for their patriotic service, discourage desertion by soldiers, and encourage citizens both to pay the tithe of produce as tax and to abide by prices set by the government for surplus produce.
(Names in announcement: J. Marshall McCue, Honorable A. H. H. StuartChairman, A. F. KinneySecretary, N. C. Trout, Thomas J. Michie, Major S. L. Lewis, Jacob Baylor, Samuel B. Finley, William P. Tate, Dr. John McChesney, A. Koiner, John S. Ellis, Benjamin Crawford, Matthew Pilson)
How It Works
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Summary: The Exemption Act of Congress includes a provision subjecting to conscription every exempted manufacturer who charges a profit of more than seventy-five percent on production cost. An excerpt from the Greensboro Patriot uses an example of lard oil to demonstrate the difficulty of setting prices by legislation.
Origin of Article: Greensboro Patriot
Attention Ladies
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Summary: T. N. Garnett of the General Hospital in Staunton appeals for the women of Staunton to make socks for soldiers before the winter. He has money with which to buy yarn.
(Names in announcement: T. N. Garnett)
Negro Girl for Sale
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Summary: A reader has a slave woman to sell. She is 20, tall, stout, healthy, "black as the Ace of Spades, of captivating temper, of fine intelligence," and efficient at house or field work.