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Semi-Weekly Dispatch: July 30, 1861

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Description of Page: Advertisements, columns 1 and 2; Congressional proceedings, columns 3 and 4

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Description of Page: Advertisements, bottom of column 5

Warfare with Savages
(Column 1)
Summary: Condems the rebel forces at Manassas Junction and elsewhere for their "barbarity" and warns them that the "villainy" displayed by Southern troops will bring about their own destruction at the hands of the North.
The Evidence of Statistics
(Column 1)
Summary: Estimates that the cost of operating the ports and maintaining fortifications in the South over the previous six years exceeded the amount of revenue collected for the federal government at Southern ports by more than 10 million dollars.
Origin of Article: New York Tribune
Officers Wanted
(Column 2)
Summary: States that mistakes made on the field of battle arose from the inexperience of many of the officers leading the men. The Dispatch urges that officers who have proved themselves incompetent at Bull Run should resign their posts.
Major General Banks
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Summary: Expresses full confidence in Major General Banks, who has assumed the command of the Department of the Shenandoah at Harper's Ferry.
The Rebel Loss at Manassas
(Column 2)
Summary: Reports the rebel loss at Manassas as 3,000 killed and 6,000 wounded. In contrast, the number of killed and wounded from the Northern troops was 1,000.
Further Particulars of the Late Battle
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Summary: Reports among other items that Messrs. Harry McGraw and Arnold Harris, with a livery stable keeper from Chambersburg, were captured by rebel forces when they went to retrieve the body of Colonel Cameron.
(Names in announcement: Mr. Harry McGraw, Mr. Arnold Harris)
Latest News by the Mails!
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Summary: Repeats an account of the battle at Bull Run given by a Union sympathizer who resides near Manassas Junction.
Flag Presentation at Harper's Ferry
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Summary: Details a ceremony at Harper's Ferry at which the ladies of the town presented a flag to the Massachusetts Second Regiment.

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Description of Page: Advertisements, columns 2-5

What is an Ambulance?
(Column 1)
Summary: Describes for the Dispatch's readers what an ambulance looks like.
Eleventh Indiana Regiment
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Summary: Recounts the passage of the Eleventh Indiana regiment through Chambersburg the previous Friday evening. A number of the city's residents turned out at the train station with baskets of food for the men, which were well received by them.
Held a Prisoner
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Summary: Reports that Mr. J. Allison Eyster, prominent Chambersburg merchant, was captured by rebel troops when he was visiting the encampments of the federal army in Virginia and is being held prisoner at Winchester.
(Names in announcement: Mr. J. Allison Eyster)
Returned Soldiers
(Column 1)
Summary: Reports that Company A and B of the Chambers Artillery arrived safely in Harrisburg, where they are awaiting their pay before returning home.
Full Text of Article:

On Sunday evening, the Chambers Artillery, Companies A & B, returned safe to gladden the hearts of their families and friends. It is said that they have not lost a single man, although there are several in ill health at present. They have been detained for about a week in Harrisburg, awaiting their pay, having drawn "nary red" in the three months of their service. We are glad to hail the safe return of these men, who in the hour of emergency, threw themselves into the breach for the preservation of their country, and whether one of them re-enlists or not they all deserve a soldier's welcome and a soldier's honors.

Although many of the three months men have not been in actual battle, they have experienced all the hardships of the soldier's life, prevented the ravages o the enemy upon our soil, and stood ready to meet the threatened invasion with proper spirit and energy. Let all who desire to cavil at the return of our men, just remember their own anxiety when these men first enlisted for their defence. Their own hearts will then answer their own questions.

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Summary: Mr. Isaac Gebhart of Newburg and Mrs. Mary C. Nickey of Shippensburg were married in Chambersburg on July 28.
(Names in announcement: Isaac Gebhart, Mary C. Nickey)
(Column 2)
Summary: On July 25, Mr. Benjamin S. Huber, son of Abraham Huber of Letterkenny Township, and Miss Charlotte E. C. Mich, daughter of Fredrick Mich of Hamilton Township, Franklin County, were married.
(Names in announcement: Miss Charlotte E. C. Mich, Fredrick Mich)

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Description of Page: Letter from a member of the New York Fire Zouaves to his parents, column 1; anecdote concerning General Lyons and his German body guard, column 1; prices current, column 2; advertisements, columns 2-5