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Semi-Weekly Dispatch: August 2, 1861

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Description of Page: Advertisements, columns 1 and 2; poem, column 3; proceedings of Congress, columns 3-5

Postal Facilities for the Troops
(Column 5)
Summary: Reprints a notice by the first assistant to the Postmaster General stating that letters sent to soldiers who have moved from that position should be forwarded to them without extra charges for forwarding.

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Description of Page: Report from Washington, column 2; brief articles from elsewhere discussing the possibility of secession in Maryland, an engagement at Acquia Creek, the army at Harper's Ferry, riots and politics in Virginia, column 3; other brief articles, column 4; advertisements, column 5

Exchange of Prisoners
(Column 1)
Summary: Explains that the government will not recognize the Confederacy by exchanging prisoners with it, but will release any persons who have not been officers of the U. S. army or navy and who give their word not to bear arms against the United States or convey information to the enemy.
Gen. Banks' Column
(Column 1)
Summary: Comments that the retreat of General Banks out of Harper's Ferry and across the Potomac was "eminently wise," even though it constituted a backward movement.
The Battle-Field--Wounded Soldiers
(Column 4)
Summary: Reports a continuation of the removal of the federal dead from the battlefield at Bull Run. A prominent man from Maryland has remarked that "the stench and appearance of the battlefield . . . is awful."

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Description of Page: Advertisements, columns 3-5

(Column 1)
Summary: Reports the death of George Rife of Norristown at Harrisburg on the previous Monday. Rife was shot by "Starry" on Friday. Also reports that several volunteers have died of typhoid fever in Harrisburg.
(Column 1)
Summary: Announces that the "Union Camp-Meeting of the Churches of God" will be held "on the old ground" near Scotland Station and will begin on August 15. Churches from Chambersburg, Fayetteville, Orrstown, Shippensburg, Newburg, and other localities will be holding the camp meeting.
More Troops
(Column 1)
Summary: Reports that the Thirteenth Massachusetts Regiment passed through Chambersburg at one o'clock the previous morning. The regiment required twenty-four cars to haul the men and twenty-one cars to accommodate their "battery, horses and baggage."
Unnecessary Alarm
(Column 1)
Summary: Disparages the idea that General Banks will be forced to retreat back into Pennsylvania, as federal troops at Bull Run were forced to retreat to Washington. Argues that this will not occur, because Banks is receiving reinforcements almost daily.
Our Returned Soldiers
(Column 1)
Summary: Suggests that soldiers returning from their three months' service who do not plan to re-enlist immediately should consider forming a Home Guard at Chambersburg.
Camp Slifer
(Column 1)
Summary: Calls attention to Camp Slifer, which is located on twenty acres of the farm of Mr. J. Eberly, less than a mile from Chambersburg. The Dispatch notes that the camp has been taken care of by Mr. Jos. Fry since the regiments previously stationed there departed from it and claims that the camp is particularly suitable for the instruction of federal troops.
(Names in announcement: Mr. J. Eberly, Mr. Jos. Fry)
Inhuman Warfare
(Column 2)
Summary: Describes how Confederate soldiers shot at men who were conveying a wounded officer off the field of battle and at an ambulance carrying a wounded colonel. In addition, rebel forces bayoneted thirty wounded Union soldiers lying in an area designated as a surgeon's makeshift hospital.
Origin of Article: N. Y. Tribune
Editorial Comment: "In order to present our readers with a clear idea of the inhumanity of the Rebels, we extract, from the Correspondence of the N. Y. Tribune, the following:"
(Column 3)
Summary: Charlotte M. O. Stoner, aged 5 months, died in Chambersburg on July 31. She was the infant daughter of John and Matilda Stoner.
(Names in announcement: Charlotte M. O. Stoner, John Stoner, Matilda Stoner)
(Column 3)
Summary: On August 1, Mr. Wm. Suders died at the home of his brother of pulmonary disease. Mr. Suders was about 25 years of age.
(Names in announcement: Mr. Wm. Suders)
(Column 3)
Summary: Mrs. Catherine Rodenhafer, aged 50 years, died in Hamilton township on July 20.
(Names in announcement: Mrs. Catherine Rodenhafer)
(Column 3)
Summary: Julian Caroline Myers, aged 3 years and 6 months, died in Chambersburg on July 29.
(Names in announcement: Julian Caroline Myers)

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Description of Page: Anecdotes from the battle at Bull Run, column 1; prices current, column 2; advertisements, columns 2-5