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Staunton Vindicator: May 6, 1864

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Description of Page: Also on this page are advertisements, a poem, war news, other news items, and the text of President Davis's address to the Senate and House of Representatives of the Confederate States of America on May 2, 1864.

Lieut. Gen. Jackson
(Column 6)
Summary: The editor reminds readers of the plan to erect a tomb over Stonewall Jackson's remains, a privilege bestowed by Jackson's family to the soldiers of the Stonewall Brigade. This memorial is different from the statue to be erected and paid for from contributions from the general public. Only past, present, and future members of the Stonewall Brigade are eligible to contribute to this cause, a privilege conferred upon them rather than a favor asked of them. About six thousand dollars has been raised thus far, a sum that needs to be doubled at least.
Prices Falling
(Column 6)
Summary: An overall decline in prices of general provisions is a good sign, according to this article from the Mobile Tribune. Butter, for example, fell from $10-$12 a pound three weeks ago to $5-$6 per pound.
Origin of Article: Mobile Tribune

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

A Word to All
(Column 1)
Summary: The editor notes the hopefulness of the present time and reminds readers of their duties to the cause, particularly in terms of finances. He warns that some people will hoard money or sell at high prices out of interest of personal profit but contends that the well-being of the Confederacy is in everyone's interest.
(Column 1)
Summary: The editor promotes the production of sorghum as a suitable substitute for citizens when meat is so badly needed by the troops. Samuel A. Hoshour, Steward of the Central Lunatic Asylum, has planted fourteen acres. Another local farmer has studied the subject of sorghum production and offers advice on how area farmers may obtain maximum output, including recommending planting at intervals so that the entire crop does not become ready at the same time.
(Names in announcement: Mr. Samuel A. Hoshour)
(Column 1)
Summary: The society devoted to distributing artificial limbs free to maimed soldiers was organized last Tuesday evening after hearing addresses by the Rev. Mr. Stirewalt and Honorable H. H. Stuart. The society elected Stuart President, R. H. Mauzy Secretary, and Colonel George Baylor Treasurer. The society appointed committees of women and men to solicit and receive contributions. The editor reminds the people of Augusta that contributing is a duty they owe the soldiers.
(Names in announcement: Honorable H. H. Stuart, R. H. Mauzy, Colonel George Baylor)
[No Title]
(Column 1)
Summary: The editor alerts the readers to the notice in another column by Major Beverly Randolph calling for the immediate return of guns issued to Raid Guards, as they are needed urgently.
(Names in announcement: Major Beverly Randolph)
From the Lower Valley
(Column 2)
Summary: The most reliable report of the enemy's movement in the Valley indicates that the enemy is encamped at Fisher's Hill, three miles from Strasburg, and has captured Woodstock. This movement up the Valley is believed to have been a cover for Sigel, who is reported to have met up with Meade's army by way of Front Royal.
Full Text of Article:

From the Lower Valley.

There are several reports of the movements of the enemy in the Valley. The most reliable report is that the enemy are encamped at Fisher's Hill, three miles this side of Strasburg and have occupied Woodstock--It is generally believed that the movement up the Valley was to cover the movement of Sigel, who is reported to have crossed to Meade's army by way of Front Royal.

[No Title]
(Column 2)
Summary: The advisory board for granting exemptions from service for farmers, mechanics, and others has been in session in Staunton for several days. S. H. Bell and N. L. Blakemore, Esquires, constitute the board. Their reputation as businessmen and men of integrity promises that their decisions will meet with approval by both the people and the government.
(Names in announcement: S. H. BellEsquire, N. L. BlakemoreEsquire)
(Column 3)
Summary: Major Beverly Randolph announces that all arms and supplies issued the previous autumn for use by the Raid Guards should be returned immediately for use by the Reserves.
(Names in announcement: Major Beverly Randolph)
$150 Reward for Davy
(Column 3)
Summary: J. L. Timberlake offers a reward of $150 for the return of Davy, about 16 and well grown, black skin with a small scar "I think about his face," wearing a hat and blue Yankee coat. He was hired to Major H. M. Bell, Quartermaster at Staunton.
(Names in announcement: Major H. M. Bell, J. L. Timberlake)
Full Text of Article:

$150 Reward for Davy.

He is about 16 years old and well grown, black sin with a small scar I think about his face. He had on when he left a slouch hat and blue yankee coat. He was hired to Maj. H.M. Ball, Quartermaster at Staunton,

J.L. Timberlake.

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