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Staunton Vindicator: January 22, 1864

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Description of Page: On this page are a reprinted list of deserters from the 52nd Regiment of Virginia Volunteers, war news, anecdotes, advertisements, a poem, and instructions on income tax. Part of this page is missing.

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Description of Page: Also on this page are war news, advertisements, and notices, including several for the return of stolen horses.

There is Work for All
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Summary: Congress asserts that heavy work is ahead in the spring and summer, and the editor notes it is not only for men in the field but also for those at home. The editor calls on the public to meet the challenge.
The American Hotel
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Summary: Colonel J. Q. A. Nadenbousch and Dr. William S. McChesney bought the American Hotel recently, renovated and refurnished it, and hired Joseph N. Woodward as hotel keeper. The owners want to make the hotel one of the best in the state.
(Names in announcement: Mr. Joseph N. Woodward, Colonel J. Q. A. Nadenbousch, Dr. William S. McChesney)
Staunton Artillery
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Summary: Captain A. W. Garber of the Staunton Artillery is seeking fifty more recruits. The editor encourages readers to consider the Staunton Artillery first when selecting the service to join. The Staunton Artillery is well-esteemed because of the efficiency of its first appearance at first Manassas and because of its record of victory in other "desperately contested engagements."
(Names in announcement: Captain A. W. Garber)
Full Text of Article:

Staunton Artillery.

Captain A.W. Garber, of the Staunton Artillery is in town and is desirous of securing fifty recruits for his Battery. It is needless to say anything in behalf of this battery to the people of this vicinity for they too well know its efficiency since its first appearance on the field of first Manassas. It has not lost in many desperately contested engagements the reputation then so nobly won. Bear this Battery in mind in making our selections.

No Compromise with the Rebels
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Summary: This editorial discusses two issues before the United States Congress--negotiations between the Confederacy and the United States and a proposal to raise a large number of additional troops to defeat the Confederacy more quickly.
Full Text of Article:

No Compromise with the Rebels.

Mr. Baldwin of Mass. submitted a resolution in the Yankee Congress, to the effect that any proposition to negotiate with the rebel leaders, for the restoration of loyalty and order in the Confederacy, was simply recognizing those leaders as entitled to represent and bind the loyal people of the United States whom they oppress, and giving countenance to their pretensions, and should be rejected. This was to do away with the effect of a proposition made some time since to confer with the leaders of the rebellion upon what terms peace could be restored and the Union preserved, and was adopted by yeas 89 nays 24, thus showing that it is the intent and purpose of our enemies to subjugate us. Perhaps the Yankee Congress is of the opinion that if they pass the bill of Mr. Howe, of Wisconsin, to raise one million of men for ninety days they can certainly secure the subjugation of the rebels, and hence their utter opposition to ending the war in any other manner. If so, there is quite a difference of opinion on the subject. The New York Times says it would take three months to muster them into service, and three months longer to drill and brigade them and 36,000 officers to command them, who can't be found. It speaks very truthfully perhaps of the result in the following:

"Considering the state of the South, however, it would seem wise for our crusaders to take at least a million of sheep with them to cook as they went along, and it would be well for every man to drive his own animal.

They would be sure to die like cockroaches before they ever got near the enemy. And we need hardly say, that when they did meet him, ten thousand of such troops as Lee or Johnston command would be a match for one hundred thousand of them, and would readily drive that number off the field in utter rout.

The sole result of his "grand-uprising" would, therefore, probably be the desolation of some hundred thousand Northern homes, and the leaving down South in the hands of Jefferson Davis' "ragmuffins" one million muskets, one million liats and coats, and pocket-handkerchiefs, several hundred tons of pie and hard tack, and, we were going to add, one million pairs of pantaloons; but, we believe, that our fugitives stick to their pantaloons as well as their pantaloons to them, even in the wildest rout. In a word, no force can carry either food or clothing to the Richmond captives except a highly disciplined, well organized and perfectly manageable one, led by able and experienced officers. The Senate Committee on Military Affairs know this, so they will of course not waste much time over the consideration of Mr. Howe's bill."

Yankee Brutality
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Summary: An example from some time ago of brutality by Northern soldiers involved the body of the son of an influential citizen of Hardy County. Northern soldiers overtook the two-horse wagon transporting his body home, captured the horses, and left the wagon and coffin standing in the road until they consented to leave the worst of the horses to pull the wagon home.
(Names in announcement: Colonel A. W. Harman)
The Exhibitions
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Summary: The recent exhibitions of the St. Francis Catholic School were well attended and enthusiastically received.
Central Bank
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Summary: The stockholders of the Central Bank elected the following directors at their annual meeting: N. K. Trout, President, H. W. Sheffey, B. F. Points, H. G. Guthrie, F. M. Young, H. H. Peck, and William Kerr, Directors.
(Names in announcement: N. K. TroutPresident, H. W. Sheffey, B. F. Points, H. G. Guthrie, F. M. Young, H. H. Peck, William Kerr)
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Summary: Mary A. White married Eulton W. Brown at Mt. Sidney on January 6, 1864, with Reverend R. Smith officiating. All are from Augusta County.
(Names in announcement: Reverend R. Smith, Mr. Eulton W. Brown, Miss Mary A. White)
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Summary: Mary Mildred Bumgardner, daughter of James Bumgardner, Sr., married Captain James Bumgardner of the 52nd Regiment of Virginia Volunteers, on December 27, 1863, with Reverend McFarland officiating. All are from Augusta County.
(Names in announcement: Reverend McFarland, Captain James Bumgardner, Miss Mary Mildred Bumgardner, James BumgardnerSr.)