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Staunton Vindicator: August 19, 1864

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Description of Page: Also on this page are advertisements and other articles on the war.

Terms of Peace
(Column 4)
Summary: Notes that President Lincoln has laid down the ultimatum that one of the terms for peace is the abolition of slavery. The article questions where in the Constitution the President found the authority for issuing such an ultimatum. The Herald contends that the people of the North want restoration of the Union, not emancipation of slaves.
Origin of Article: Herald
[No Title]
(Column List of Killed and Wounded in Colonel Kenton Harper's Regiment of Reserves in the Battle of Piedmont, June 5th, 1864)
Summary: Lists the men from Colonel Kenton Harper's Regiment of Reserves killed and wounded in the Battle of Piedmont on June 5, 1864. Company A, Captain Hardy commanding: killed, Thomas Fallen; wounded, Lieutenant Steinbeck, S. T. Wright, D. H. Snyder. From Company B, Captain Doyle commanding: killed, Captain R. L. Doyle, John Meredith; wounded, Sergeant Helms, George F. Myerley, William Cason. From Company C, Captain J. M. Templeton commanding: killed, Captain Templeton; wounded, Corporal A. H. Lackey, James Welch, A. H. Hanger, James Matchet. From Company D, Captain Peck commanding: Wounded, William J. Rush. Captured, Samuel Hunter. From Company E, Captain Opie commanding: killed, _____ McKamy; wounded, _____ McCormick. From Company F, Captain Rippetoe commanding: Wounded, Captain Rippetoe, A. Staubus, J. Brown. From Company G, Captain Byrd commanding: Wounded, Lieutenant James A. Syms, Charles Ridgeway, William L. Kyser. From Company H, Captain Hilbert commanding: killed, Joseph Granitto; wounded, Robert Birtreit, mortally, since died, James Locker, William Kerford, William Reswick, Harmon J. Lohr. From Company I, Captain Bacon commanding: killed, Orderly Sergeant W. W. Moore; wounded, Taylor Coffman, Joseph Baldwin, Charles Schendle, Thomas Walls, John Smith. From Company K, Lieutenant Blue commanding: killed, Lieutenant Blue; wounded, Sergeant Binford, captured. Sergeant Taylor, Sergeant T. Willson, John Roebuck, J. Williams, P. McCormick, John Henry, William Evans, John Condor, Thomas Bonworth, Thomas Kelly, James Hackett, Henry Kress, R. W. Goodman. William Kenney, acting as orderly to the Colonel, was wounded by a falling limb cut from a tree by a shell.
(Names in announcement: Captain Hardy, Thomas Fallen, Lieutenant Steinbeck, S. T. Wright, D. H. Snyder, Captain R. L. Doyle, Sergeant Helms, George F. Myerley, William Cason, Captain J. M. Templeton, Corporal A. H. Lackey, James Welch, A. H. Hanger, James Matchet, Captain Peck, William J. Rush, Samuel Hunter, Captain Opie, McKamy, McCormick, Captain Rippetoe, A. Staubus, A. Brown, Captain Byrd, Lieutenant James A. Syms, Charles Ridgeway, William L. Kyser, Captain Hilbert, Joseph Granitto, Robert Birtreit, James Locker, William Kerford, William Reswick, Harmon J. Lohr, Captain Bacon, Orderly Sergeant W. W. Moore, Taylor Coffman, Joseph Baldwin, Charles Schendle, Thomas Walls, John Smith, Lieutenant Blue, Sergeant Binford, Sergeant Taylor, Sergeant T. Willson, John Roebuck, J. Williams, P. McCormick, John Henry, William Evans, John Condor, Thomas Bonworth, Thomas Kelly, James Hackett, Henry Kress, R. W. Goodman, William Kenney, John Meredith)
A Yankee Opinion of Grant
(Column 6)
Summary: The Hartford Times disparages the military skill of General Grant and his campaigns and the poor reflection he leaves on his country. The paper particularly criticizes Grant for the bloodiness of his battles.
Origin of Article: Hartford Times
Editorial Comment: "The following, from the Hartford Times, shows that some people in the North are capable of judging impartially of Grant's campaign--the most stupendous failure of modern times:"
What the Negro has Cost the Country
(Column 6)
Summary: Surveys the costs involved in freeing slaves and argues that, for every slave freed, one white soldier has been killed from either the North or the South and a debt of five thousand dollars has been incurred. Once all the slaves are freed, the article asks, what will be left?
Origin of Article: New York Herald
Editorial Comment: "Some of the Northern papers are getting tired of the war being waged for 'nigger freedom.' The New York Herald even relieves itself of the following on the subject:"
(Column 7)
Summary: James William Jordan, 8, son of James Jordan, Esquire, died of diphtheria on August 10, 1864, in Middle River, Augusta County. A loving tribute to young Billy is included here.
(Names in announcement: James William Jordan, James JordanEsquire)

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Description of Page: Also on this page are advertisements, legal notices, and a number of estray notices.

War News
(Column 1)
Summary: The editor surveys developments in the war in the preceding week, particularly in Petersburg and Atlanta. He also reports that, in the Valley, General Early's troops are near Strasburg awaiting the enemy.
Full Text of Article:

War News.

No general engagement has taken place in either department of our armies during the past week. The situation of our armies, as far as we can learn, presents a very active appearance, and we have no doubt, ere many days elapse, to have the pleasure of recording a glorious victory in more than one department.

The same stillness prevails in front of Petersburg that has marked the progress of the campaign for some days past. Grant is making another demonstration on the north side of the James, by sending over a large body of troops. This may only be a repetition of his strategy, previous to his springing the mine, on the 30th July, with the object in view to draw off our forces from his front, and then strike a blow for the reduction of Petersburg. A few days will develoope [sic] his plans, and, whatever they may be, he will find Gen. Lee, as ever, ready to foil him at every point.

From Atlanta we learn, by telegraph, that, with the exception of some heavy skirmishing and occasional shells thrown into the city, nothing has transpired at that point during the past week. Some of the shells thrown into the city had scriptural quotations in Hebrew pasted on them.

The news received by late telegrams, and through the Mobile papers, is not calculated to exonerate from blame, (if not from disgrace) the conduct of Col. Anderson, commanding the garrison at fort Gaines, and Col. Williams, at Fort Powell. The Mobile Register pronounces the capitulation of Fort Gaines, and the evacuation of Fort Powell, as humiliating to our people, and disgraceful to the officers in command.

The cause of the Confederacy will never be upheld, nor our cities saved from destruction, by giving up strong works of defence without a struggle. Officers must be placed in command of such defences who know their duty, and thus knowing it, will endeavor to perform it at all and every hazard.

Had Cols. Anderson and Williams tried the mettle of their respective garrisons, and the power of their guns against the Yankee fleet, and were then compelled, either by the force of superior numbers, or the overpowering weight of metal brought to bear against them, to give up their works, then, in that case, they would have received the plaudits of a grateful people, and their names written, in living characters, on the pages of their country's history.

But as it is, the belief and opinions at prese[n]t entertained by our people in regard to their conduct and actions, without being removed, will brand them as traitors to our common country, and their names ever held in the most profound contempt.

Notwithstanding this defection on the part of these officers, Mobile still stands, proudly defiant as ever; her citizens were arming to aid the regular troops in its defence, and the willingness and alacrity with which the people of all classes have rushed to the defences of the city, must be gratifying to the pride of every Confederate and every Mobilian.

The entire line of works is manned, and if we get none of the reinforcements that are on the way to the city, it can be held against all the available forces the enemy can bring against it. Mobile is, in fact and deed stripped for the fight, and the public composure tells unerringly of the public determination:

From the Valley we have various rumors, (at this writing) without any thing strictly authentic. Gen. Early, from the most reliable information, is at or near Strasburg, awaiting the approach of the enemy. Some skirmishing is said to be going on between the armies, and a great battle is said to be imminent. Joe Hooker is, according to the reports of prisoners, in command of the Yankee army.

A few days ago Mosby attacked one of the enemy's wagon trains at Berryville, in Clarke county, destroyed it, and captured a quartermaster's wagon, with a large amount in greenbacks. He also took some two hundred or three hundred prisoners, who were at Gordonsville yesterday on their way South. Good for Mosby.

Later from Richmond.

An official dispatch, received last night states that the enemy, yesterday, made a determined attack on our line between the Darbytown and Charles City road, and at one time broke through, but he was repulsed and our original positions re-occupied.

[No Title]
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Summary: Mr. J. W. S. Taylor, a native of Augusta County and engaged in business here prior to the war, advertises for the commission merchant of Richmond in today's issue of the Vindicator. The editor alerts readers to this advertisement and informs them that Taylor is a young man of fine character who was discharged from the service because of injuries received in battle.
(Names in announcement: Mr. J. W. S. Taylor)
[No Title]
(Column 2)
Summary: The editor calls the attention of readers to the communication of H. W. Sheffey in another column regarding the provision of supplies for families of soldiers and the reduction of taxes if crops have been damaged by an act of God or the enemy.
(Names in announcement: H. W. SheffeyEsquire)
[No Title]
(Column 2)
Summary: The barn of Thomas Walker, Esquire, of Augusta County was destroyed by lightning last Sunday night, along with a quantity of grain stored there.
(Names in announcement: Thomas WalkerEsquire)
To the Justices of Augusta
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Summary: Hugh W. Sheffey publishes a sample certificate from the justice of the peace that families of soldiers who purchase supplies from detailed farmers must show to indicate their eligibility.
(Names in announcement: Hugh W. Sheffey)
(Column 2)
Summary: Martha C. Doom married Robert H. Terrell on August 4, 1864, near Staunton, with Reverend Mr. Dice officiating.
(Names in announcement: Rev. Mr. Dice, Miss Martha C. Doom, Mr. Robert H. Terrell)
(Column 2)
Summary: Emma A. Englemar of Augusta County married Captain Edwin A. Fulcher of Richmond on August 4, 1864, with Reverend C. Beard officiating.
(Names in announcement: Reverend C. Beard, Miss Emma A. Englemar)
(Column 2)
Summary: Henry Lee Fellows, infant son of Levi and M. E. Fellows, died on August 2, 1864.
(Names in announcement: Henry Lee Fellows, Levi Fellows, M. E. Fellows)
(Column 2)
Summary: Henry W. Wood, 49, died August 8, 1864, from wounds received on May 12, 1864. He was a member of Captain Garber's Artillery company from Augusta County and was among the first to go forth in service of his country.
(Names in announcement: Mr. Henry W. Wood, Captain Garber)
$200 Reward
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Summary: David D. Koiner offers a reward of $200 for the return of Tom, who ran away from near Waynesboro on Sunday morning, August 14. Tom is about 19, has black skin, is about five feet seven or eight inches tall, was wearing a blue coat, gray cloth hat, and brown pants. Tom is thought to be heading toward the mountains, intending to escape by traveling through it.
(Names in announcement: David D. Koiner)
Full Text of Article:

$200 Reward.

Ran away from the subscriber near Waynesboro, Augusta County, on Sunday morning the 14th inst, my negro Boy named


about 19 years of age, black skin, and about 5 feet 7 or 8 inches in height. He had on when he left, a blue coat, grey cloth hat, and brown pants. It is probable that he is taken to the Mountain, intending to travel through it, and by that means make his escape.

David D. Koiner.

August 19.--5t.

For Sale
(Column 4)
Summary: A wounded soldier has a good cavalry horse for sale. It can be seen at the farm of J. M. Stout, Esquire, on Middle River until court day, August 23, when it can be seen in Staunton.
(Names in announcement: J. M. StoutEsquire)
(Column 4)
Summary: J. T. L. Preston if Lexington, Virginia, seeks information on Arthur C. Ramsay, a soldier in Brigadier General Vaughn's command who was wounded in the battle at Piedmont.
The Wesleyan Female Collegiate Institute
(Column 4)
Summary: William S. Baird, Principal, announces the fall opening of the Wesleyan Female Collegiate Institute in Staunton on September 15, 1864.
(Names in announcement: William S. Baird)
(Column 4)
Summary: the Lexington Presbytery will meet at Mt. Carmel Church, Augusta County, on Thursday, September 8, 1864.