Search the
Browse Newspapers
by Date
Articles Indexed
by Topic
About the
Valley of the Shadow

Staunton Vindicator: January 6, 1865

Go To Page : 1 | 2 |

-Page 01-

Description of Page: Also on this page are other articles on the war, advertisements, notices, and a poem entitled "To Him Who Despairs."

The Salt Works
(Column 4)
Summary: A report on the damage to the salt works in Saltville, Virginia, reveals that the works can be repaired quickly and that agents who are overcharging for salt are doing so without a justifiable basis.
Origin of Article: Republican
Cavalry Fight in the Valley--Amusing Scenes
(Column 5)
Summary: The Confederate attack at Lacey's spring, nine miles west of Harrisonburg, produced a series of blunders in the enemy camp and are related in this article.
Origin of Article: New York Tribune
The Negroes
(Column 5)
Summary: Reports that African Americans in Savannah joined with Sherman's men on their recent march through the city only when forced. Many others hid in nearby swamps and forests, and some of those who went with Sherman have returned already.
Origin of Article: Savannah News

-Page 02-

Description of Page: Also on this page are other articles on the war, a calendar for 1865, advertisements, and notices, including a number of estray notices.

[No Title]
(Column 1)
Summary: The editor thanks friends and patrons for their support and notes that they all have much to be grateful for at the beginning of a new year. He asserts that many gains for the Confederacy occurred in 1864, noting that much of the territory held by the North at the beginning of 1864 is no longer in their hands and that even all the territory Sherman has passed through remains unconquered. The editor is certain that Lee will continue to triumph over Grant and that "with an united effort the independence of our country must ultimately be achieved."
Full Text of Article:

"With this our first . . ."

With this our first issue in the year 1865, we return our thanks to our friends and patrons for the many act[s] of kindness showered upon us, and wish them all a full share of prosperity and happiness for many years to come.

Though our people have been harrassed [sic] at times, during the past year, by the presence of an overbearing enemy, yet we rejoice that the suffering in our midst has been no greater. We believe that on this account we have much to be thankful for.

During the last twelve months, notwithstanding the numbers brought against us and the eventful chances of war, the gain has been decidedly on the side of the Confederacy. Sherman has advanced through the state of Georgia and now holds the city of Savannah, but the country thro' which he passed is still as much unconquered as it was before his onward movement commenced. To compensate for this movement, the only approximation to a successful one of the enemy during the year 1864, many thousand square miles of our territory held by the enemy on the first of January 1864 are again in our undisputed possession. Their army west of the Mississippi has been routed and disorganized, while the grand Union armies of the Potomac and James, from which such great things were predicted and expected, have accomplished nothing and with the great Captain of the age and his gallant army confronting them we have an abiding confidence that the ill success of the hordes of Grant will be continued through the campaigns of 1865.

The new year brings with it new duties. Let each and all of us resolve to do our whole duty, and never, for one moment, give away to despondency, that worst enemy of our cause, but give a "long pull, a strong pull and a pull all together," relying confidently that with an united effort the independence of our country must ultimately be achieved.

Dinner to the Army
(Column 1)
Summary: The dinner that was to be held on New Year's Day for General Early's men has been postponed until Saturday, January 7, 1865. The editor calls upon the people to support this dinner generously so that it will be a memorable and rousing one for the troops.
[No Title]
(Column 1)
Summary: The editor states that the communication regarding General Early's army that was referred to in the previous issue was inadvertently not printed in that issue and is printed this week. The editor calls the attention of readers to it again.
For the Vindicator--General Early
(Column 2)
Summary: The army of General Early has been positioned in such a way as to provide protection for Augusta County. Their continued presence depends on their being furnished sufficiently. Out of both patriotism and self-interest, the people of Augusta should supply the army liberally and not hoard supplies for themselves.
Full Text of Article:

General Early.

For the Vindicator.

This distinguished officer has so disposed his troops as to afford ample protection to the County of Augusta. Their continuance in their present position will depend on the spirit which may be manifested by the people. The Army must be fed. The people have the means of doing it. If they wish protection for their families and property, they must supply their defenders with the necessaries of life. If these cannot be furnished, the troops must be removed, and the country left open to the incursions of the enemy. An enlightened self-interest therefore, (to say nothing of patriotism) demands that the farmers should act with liberality. One fifth of their surplus will maintain the army. Common sense would dictate the propriety of even giving that much to save the residue. But this is not asked. All that is required is that they shall sell, at moderate prices, a small part of their crops, to ensure the safety of their families and firesides.

(Column 3)
Summary: Martha E. Harner married William A [illegible] on November 23, 1864, with Reverend C. Beard officiating. All are from Augusta County.
(Names in announcement: Reverend C. Beard, Miss Martha E. Harner)
(Column 3)
Summary: Elizabeth J. Bryd, daughter of Dr. James H. Byrd, married Captain J. C. Matheny, Clerk of the Circuit and County Courts of Highland County, on December 22, 1864, with Reverend J. W. Carter officiating.
(Names in announcement: Reverend J. W. Carter, Miss Elizabeth J. Byrd, Dr. James H. Byrd)
(Column 3)
Summary: George W. Offlighter, Company D, 25th Regiment of Virginia Infantry, died at the home of his brother near Calvary Chapel on December 16, 1864. He had been captured on May 12, 1864, taken to Elmira, New York, and sent home when his health deteriorated. He arrived home November 23, 1864, lingered three weeks, and then died in the care of his sisters, brother, and friends.
(Names in announcement: George W. Offlighter)
Augusta Medical Society
(Column 3)
Summary: The Augusta Medical Society will meet on January 13, 1864, at 11:00 a.m. to conduct important business.
(Names in announcement: S. KennerlyJr.)
Overseers of Poor
(Column 3)
Summary: The Overseers of Poor will meet at the office of N. K. Trout next Monday.
(Names in announcement: N. K. Trout)
Special Notice to the Ladies of the Valley
(Column 4)
Summary: Henry St. Leon, 2nd Company, Richmond Howitzers, Cutshaw's Artillery Battalion, Army of the Valley, advertises that a soldier in the Artillery of General Early's army, camped near Fishersville, wants to correspond with young women in the Valley, "with a view to matrimony." He has been in the army since the beginning of the war, has been in every battle his company has been engaged in, and has been wounded twice. He is about 22 years old. For more information, interested parties should send full particulars about themselves to Henry St. Leon.
Full Text of Article:

Special Notice to the Ladies of the Valley.

A soldier belonging to the Artillery of Genl. Earley's army, camped near Fishersville is anxious to open a correspondence with any of the young ladies of the Valley with a view to matrimony. He has been in the army since the commencement of the war--has been in every battle his company has been engaged in and wounded twice--about twenty two years old. For further particular's address, with full description of self.

Henry St. Leon,

2d Co. Richmond Howitzers,

Cutshaw's Art'y Batt'l

Army of the Valley.

Jan. 6--2t*.