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Staunton Vindicator: November 13, 1863

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Description of Page: Also on this page are a list of deserters from the 52nd Regiment of Virginia Volunteers, an article on diphtheria, war news, anecdotes, advertisements, notices, and a poem.

Negro Recruiting Officer Killed
(Column 5)
Summary: A recruiting officer for African-American soldiers was killed in St. Mary's County, Maryland. Lieutenant White, the officer killed, had heard that prominent slave owner Colonel John H. Sotheron had two slaves tied up so they could not enlist. White visited Sotheron, who refused to release the slaves and who, with his son, threatened to attack White. White proceeded to a field where some of Sotheron's slaves were working and announced that he was willing to enlist anyone so interested. He was then killed by the two Sotherons.
A South Carolina Negro in New York
(Column 6)
Summary: A chaplain left behind with the wounded at Gettysburg reports that few African Americans captured at Gettysburg took the oath of allegiance to the Yankees. He relates a conversation between a South Carolina African American and Yankee General Morris in which the former refuses to fight for the North.

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

War News
(Column 1)
Summary: In a weekly column on developments in the war, the editor writes this week that the enemy is about fifty miles west of Staunton and is advancing towards the town.
(Names in announcement: General Imboden)
Aiding and Abetting Deserters
(Column 1)
Summary: George Yates from Augusta County plus several from Rockingham County, including one father and son team, arrived in Staunton Wednesday evening. They had been sent from Richmond to stand trial for the charge of "piloting deserters through our lines to the Federal camps."
(Names in announcement: George Yates)
A Bride Worth Having
(Column 2)
Summary: Lucy F. Roller, the daughter of a wealthy farmer in Rockingham County, married recently. She made everything she wore, from her straw hat to her shoes to the material for her dress and cloak. She was not compelled by poverty or necessity but by a desire to demonstrate her independence, "showing the world how independent Southern girls are."
Stonewall Jackson and Religion in the Army
(Column 2)
Summary: This excerpt from the Central Presbyterian discusses the role of Christianity in the life of Stonewall Jackson and the revival that has swept through his troops since his death. More than two thousand soldiers have made professions of faith within the past two months.
Origin of Article: Central Presbyterian
Means and Resources
(Column 3)
Summary: This article lists the valuations of property in each of the Confederate states as based on the 1860 census, suggests that inflation of the war increases each value five fold, and argues that the financial backing to carry out the war is "well nigh inexhaustible" for the Confederates.
(Column 5)
Summary: Maggie A. Hawpe, daughter of Adam M. Hawpe of Augusta County, married Simeon E. Miller of Burnwell, S. C., on November 5, with Rev. Mr. Hicks officiating.
(Names in announcement: Miss Maggie A. Hawpe, Adam M. Hawpe)
(Column 5)
Summary: George W. Marshall, 26, died October 3 at the home of his father in Augusta County.
(Names in announcement: George W. Marshall)
Notice to Furloughed Soldiers
(Column 5)
Summary: Captain J. S. Byers, enrolling officer for the 11th congressional district, notifies soldiers on furlough that they must register their presence with Lieutenant S. Paul, the enrolling officer for Augusta County.
(Names in announcement: Lieutenant S. Paul, Captain J. S. Byers)
Augusta Raid Guard!
(Column 5)
Summary: Colonel John B. Baldwin, having been elected to the temporary command of the county organization, calls for members to make immediate preparations for emergency rather than wait for the selection of permanent officers.
(Names in announcement: Colonel John B. Baldwin)