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Semi-Weekly Dispatch: June 21, 1861

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Description of Page: Government officeholder, column 1; advertisements, columns 1 and 2; poem, column 3; reprint of a proclamation issued by General Beauregard; report of information that Confederate troops have set a trap for the federal army outside of Alexandria, column 5

Address to the Germans of Kentucky
(Column 3)
Summary: An address by Leonard Streiff, promoting the Union to his fellow Germans of Kentucky.
Henry Clay's Son on our National Troubles
(Column 3)
Summary: Letter from Thomas Clay outlining why he supports the Union and stating that he believes Kentucky should remain neutral in the present conflict.
Origin of Article: Evening Post
Army Contractors Indicted
(Column 4)
Summary: Reports that Frowenfeld & Brothers and Charles M. Neal have been convicted of defrauding Pennsylvania out of ten thousand dollars designated for "crush[ing] out the rebellion."
Origin of Article: Philadelphia Inquirer
Kentucky and the Union
(Column 5)
Summary: Reprint of an excerpt from a letter written by Ex-Secretary Holt to the residents of Kentucky. Urges Kentuckians to take up the cause of the Union.

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Description of Page: Brief articles outlining the backgrounds of Brigadier-General Nathaniel Lyon and Brigadier-General Schenck, column 2; proceedings of the Wheeling convention, columns 3 and 4

Items of News
(Column 1)
Summary: Recounts short news items, including the report that member of the 69th New York Regiment, on returning to camp, captured seven Confederate soldiers who had in their possession a plan for an attack on Arlington Heights.
Balloon Telegraphing
(Column 1)
Summary: Reports on the first dispatch ever sent via telegraph from a balloon. It was sent to President Lincoln from Professor T. S. C. Lowe who went up in the balloon with two other men at Columbia Armory grounds.
Gen. Patterson's Columns
(Column 2)
Summary: Outlines the new method of organization for the troops under General Patterson's command.
A Destructive Missile
(Column 2)
Summary: Reports the successful testing of "Sawyer's projectile," which succeeded in striking about 3 1/4 miles from the gun from which it was shot.
Letcher Ousted--Secession Annulled
(Column 2)
Summary: Reports on the decision of the convention held by the counties of western Virginia to repudiate secession for the entire state of Virginia.
Origin of Article: Philadelphia Inquirer
Gov. Hicks and the Maryland Legislature
(Column 4)
Summary: Reprint of an announcement by the governor of Maryland that, in response to an order, he has handed over all correspondence between himself and the federal government. Governor Hicks asserts that he has been forthright in discharging these duties and that he protests "the bitterly malignant spirit" directed toward him by members of the state legislature.
General Scott and the Campaign
(Column 4)
Summary: Reports that the army is making ready for an advance upon Richmond.
The Southern Privateers
(Column 5)
Summary: Affirms that Secessionists have made good land pirates, with their "robberies and cruelties," but that their endeavors as pirates on the seas has been considerably less successful. The South has not been able to accomplish a closing off of Northern trade, but instead their ship, the Savannah, has been captured by the federal navy.
Origin of Article: Forneys Press

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Description of Page: Reprint of a pro-Union speech given by George Train, Esq., in London, column 2; minor war news about Vienna, Va., and Great Bethel, column 2; prices current, column 3; advertisements, columns 3-5

Practical Patriotism
(Column 1)
Summary: States that Dan Fox, an eighteen-year-old African American, was presented to Colonel W. H. Irwin of the Seventh Pennsylvania regiment by the Hagerstown Herald.
Gen. Patterson's Column
(Column 1)
Summary: Reports that part of General Patterson's column has crossed into Maryland, while the Rhode Island regiment has gone to Washington via Frederick, Maryland.
Borough Finances
(Column 1)
Summary: Annual statement of the borough finances. The total expenditures equal $6,178.29.
Fatal Accident
(Column 1)
Summary: Reports that the youngest child of Reverend Henry Edwards of Hagerstown fell out of a second story window of his residence and died a few hours afterward. The child was 16 months old.
(Names in announcement: Reverend Henry Edwards)
Origin of Article: Hagerstown Herald and Torch
Local Items
(Column 1)
Summary: Apologizes for the lack of news since the troops departed from the Chambersburg area and requests readers to send any newsworthy items to the Dispatch office.
Railroad Trains
(Column 1)
Summary: Reports that the Cumberland Valley Railroad has had a considerable increase in business. As a result, trains pass through Harrisburg and Hagerstown night and day.
(Column 1)
Summary: Reports the injury of Mr. John Strealy of Chambersburg while erecting telegraph poles between Chambersburg and Hagerstown the previous Wednesday. Trying to avoid a pole that began to fall, Mr. Strealy hit his head on a fence post, while the pole struck his ankle, breaking a bone in his leg.
(Names in announcement: Mr. John Strealy)
The Crops
(Column 1)
Summary: Reports that the wheat harvest should be especially abundant and that the corn crop, though "youthful yet" appears to be healthy as well.
Origin of Article: Greencastle Pilot
A Patriot!
(Column 1)
Summary: Notes that a farmer from Greencastle supplied some "poorly fed soldiers" bread, onions, and butter at the price of one cent per onion, 25 cents a pound for butter, and 50 cents a loaf for bread. The editor says that "he got his reward" when his garden was stripped the same night.
Origin of Article: Greencastle Pilot

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Description of Page: Poem, anecdotes, column 1; advertisements, columns 1-5