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Staunton Vindicator: March 18, 1864

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Description of Page: On this page are a reprinted list of deserters from the 52nd Regiment of Virginia Volunteers; advertisements; a poem; the text of a proclamation from President Davis calling for a day of prayer and fasting; the text of the inaugural address of Governor Allen in Louisiana; and a series of letters from before the war between Governor John Letcher and Reverend Lewis P. Clover, formerly of Lexington, Virginia, expressing Letcher's views of the impending war.

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Description of Page: Also on this page are articles on the war, advertisements, and political announcements.

Returned Prisoners
(Column 1)
Summary: The editor writes about the return of Confederate prisoners and their arrival in Richmond on Tuesday. The President and the Governor addressed them there, after which some of the prisoners themselves spoke to the gathering.
Recognition Rumor
(Column 1)
Summary: A rumor that France is going to recognize the Southern Confederacy is making its way around but cannot be confirmed.
Mill Burnt
(Column 1)
Summary: Thomas McCormick's flour mill, located on the South River near Midway in Augusta County, burned on March 5. The fire also consumed about two thousand bushels of grain. The work of an incendiary is supposed.
(Names in announcement: Thomas McCormick)
Appointments for 1864 of the Baltimore Annual Conference
(Column 2)
Summary: Appointments to the Baltimore Annual Conference of Preachers for 1864 include J. C. Dice of Staunton, R. Smith of Mt. Sidney, and W. S. Baird, Principal of the Wesleyan Female Institute and member of the Staunton Quarterly Conference, all three in the Rockingham District, and J. M. Grandin, Chaplain, C. S. A., and L. W. Haslip, C. S. A., both members of the Staunton Quarterly Conference. The Conference will meet again at New Market on the second Thursday in March 1865.
(Names in announcement: J. C. Dice, R. Smith, W. S. Baird, J. M. GrandinChaplain, L. W. Haslip)
Southern Catholics Beware
(Column 3)
Summary: The Irish lawyer Mr. McKeon spoke in New York City recently, quoting Mr. Summers in the United States Senate as saying that the two relics of barbarism were not slavery and polygamy but slavery and Catholicism. McKeon fears that once "the knife is taken from the throats of the Southern people," it will be turned to those of the Catholics of the North. The editor concludes that when Puritanism has taken care of Southerners' local sin--slavery--it will turn on the local sin of Northerners--Catholicism.
Dwelling Burnt
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Summary: The house of Joseph A. Miller, Esquire, located near Middlebrook in Augusta County, burned March 7, 1864, including all of the furniture. The fire is believed to have been accidental.
(Names in announcement: Joseph A. MillerEsquire)
(Column 4)
Summary: Adeline Bateman married John W. Butler on March 16, 1864, with Reverend Mr. Dice officiating. The couple is from Augusta County.
(Names in announcement: Reverend Mr. Dice, Mr. John W. Butler, Miss Adeline Bateman)
(Column 4)
Summary: Mattie E. Brooks, daughter of the late John Brooks, married Lieutenant James A. Dold February 23, 1864, at Rockland, the bride's residence, with Reverend William T. Richardson officiating.
(Names in announcement: Reverend William T. Richardson, Lieutenant James A. Dold, Miss Mattie E. Brooks, John Brooks)
(Column 4)
Summary: Fannie D. Young married Colonel David W. Coiner on March 10, 1864, at the residence of Mrs. Bryan near Arbor Hill. Reverend D. Shirey officiated. All are from Augusta County.
(Names in announcement: Mrs. Bryan, Reverend D. Shirey, Colonel David W. Coiner, Miss Fannie D. Young)