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Staunton Vindicator: February 5, 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 proceedings from the Confederate Congress.

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

A Step in the Right Direction
(Column 1)
Summary: Discusses a new bill that changes the policies for use of substitutes in the military service and suggests some changes to improve the bill.
The Army Bill
(Column 1)
Summary: The editor describes a bill passed by the Confederate Senate as a "monstrosity" and calls upon the House to alter the bill before passing it. The bill calls for widespread conscription and reflects, in the editor's opinion, the Senate's fear that the war will soon be lost. The repercussions of such a wide conscription, however, will be far more damaging, as there will be no farmers, millers, and other necessary workers left at home.
The True Spirit
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Summary: When Northern troops were at Rogersville, Tennessee, they arrested a shoemaker, DeWit C. Harry, known as Clint, formerly of Augusta County. When his wife visited him at the guard house, she told him she would rather raise their ten sons alone than have him take an oath of loyalty to the Union. When an officer there rebuked her, she recoiled and told him she was raising ten boys to hate and fight the likes of him. The editor uses this anecdote to demonstrate that the daughters and sons of Augusta County carry the "true spirit" of the cause with them wherever they go.
(Names in announcement: DeWit C. Harry)
To the Voters of Augusta County
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Summary: Citizens and Soldiers write the voters of Augusta County to endorse the candidacy of William H. Burnett for Clerk of the County Court since General Imboden has decided not to run for reelection. Burnett has been deputy clerk and has done nearly all the work of the office for ten years. The writers offer a glowing summary of Burnett's qualifications.
(Names in announcement: General Imboden, Mr. William H. Burnett, Mr. Kenney)
Trailer: Citizens & Soldiers
(Column 4)
Summary: Delila Messersmith married John B. Harman on December 31, 1863, with Reverend J. L. Blakemore officiating. All are from Augusta County.
(Names in announcement: Reverend J. L. Blakemore, Mr. John B. Harman, Miss Delila Messersmith)
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Summary: Elizabeth Blakemore married John C. Yeakle on January 24, 1864, with Reverend J. L. Blakemore officiating. All are from Augusta County.
(Names in announcement: Reverend J. L. Blakemore, Mr. John C. Yeakle, Miss Elizabeth Blakemore)
(Column 4)
Summary: Mary A. Wilson married James E. Bolen, January 25, 1864, at the home of her father, with Reverend D. W. Arnold officiating. All are from Augusta County.
(Names in announcement: Reverend D. W. Arnold, Mr. James E. Bolen, Miss Mary A. Wilson)