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Staunton Vindicator: March 11, 1864

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Description of Page: Also on this page are a reprinted list of deserters from the 52nd Regiment of Virginia Volunteers, war news, a poem, and advertisements. The page also includes an article on the special orders and instructions to troops found on the body of Union Colonel Dahlgreen, who was trapped and killed by Lieutenant Pollard of the 9th Virginia Regiment.

To the Farmers of Augusta, Rockingham and Shenandoah
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Summary: General J. D. Imboden writes the farmers of Augusta and surrounding counties to encourage them to continue furnishing supplies for the Valley troops. He knows they have been faithful in supplying crops and reassures them that spring growth will soon replace any larders that are getting low. Rather than their making extreme sacrifices, he would rather that everyone join in making smaller sacrifices. If a wagon cannot be filled at one house, for example, surely it can be filled at three. He says that "'A little here and a little there' will furnish all I need." Imboden requests that those people who do not normally see each other elsewhere use their time at church to discuss who can supply what. Surely, he believes, conducting such business on the Sabbath cannot be a desecration if the cause is so sacred.
(Names in announcement: Brig. General J. D. ImbodenCommanding Valley District)
Trailer: J. D. Imboden, Brig. General, Commanding Valley District
From Point Lookout
(Column 7)
Summary: About nine thousand Confederates are imprisoned at Camp Lookout, including 372 officers. Each Confederate prisoner is asked to take an oath of loyalty to the Union government, among other things. About three thousand troops guard the prisoners, including an African-American regiment.

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Description of Page: Also on this page are other articles on the war and advertisements and notices, including a series of political announcements.

The Enemy's Designs Confirmed
(Column 1)
Summary: The editor is grateful that the recent raids on Richmond were warded off and that the local area was not in the line of the troops' movement. He hopes when troops do move toward Staunton that local citizens will be able to fend them off as the citizens of Richmond did. The recovery of letters on the body of Union Colonel Dahlgreen confirms that the enemy has villainous and destructive plans on raids.
Gen. Imboden's Card
(Column 2)
Summary: The editor calls the attention of the readers to General Imboden's letter printed on page one and encourages people to spare whatever they can to sustain "a sufficient cavalry force in this section."
(Names in announcement: General John D. Imboden)
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(Column 2)
Summary: "The efforts of the Yankees to put the negroes upon an equality with themselves only proves that they are good judges of who are their equals, and goes to prove the old adage that 'birds of a feather flock together.'"
(Column 4)
Summary: Emma E. Hensley of Augusta County married William J. Raines on March 3, 1864, with Reverend Mr. Dice officiating.
(Names in announcement: Reverend Mr. Dice, Mr. William J. Raines, Miss Emma E. Hensley)
(Column 4)
Summary: Alexander Perry Eskridge, 28, member of the 12th Virginia Cavalry, died March 2 after a few hours illness at the home of his brother, William C. Eskridge, in Staunton. His body was buried with Masonic honors. He was a member of the Richmond Randolph Lodge.
(Names in announcement: William C. Eskridge)