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Semi-Weekly Dispatch: October 29, 1861

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Description of Page: Advertisements, columns 1 and 2; article giving the "full particulars" of the battle of Ball's Bluff, columns 3-5; article on the federal naval expedition in progress, column 5

-Page 02-

Description of Page: Article reporting the completion of the telegraph line to San Francisco, column 1; report of the repulse of Zollicoffer and his rebel soldiers by Union forces at Camp Wild Cat, column 1; accounts of the battles at Santa Rosa and at the mouth of the Mississippi River, columns 3 and 4; news from Missouri, column 5

The Speakership
(Column 2)
Summary: Proposes that "the current seems to be setting strongly in favor of" the Honorable John Rowe of the Franklin and Fulton district for the next Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Quotes the Reading Journal on the political merits that Rowe would bring to the job.
(Names in announcement: Hon. John Rowe>)
From Edwards' Ferry
(Column 2)
Summary: Criticizes the "deplorable mismanagement and reckless and inexcusable carelessness" committed by those who formulated the strategy for transporting the troops involved across the Potomac.
(Column 3)
Summary: Quotes the Albany Journal as saying that "no man can contemplate violent emancipation without shuddering," but that the government should let the South know that if the Union can be saved by emancipating the slaves, then slavery "must be thrust aside."
Origin of Article: Albany Journal
Editorial Comment: "The question of emancipation is being discussed by exchanges from all parts of the country at present."
Sealed Orders
(Column 3)
Summary: Reports that orders are now being sealed, so that the members of a regiment do not know their destination when they leave a brigade. This change in policy, the Dispatch speculates, indicates that the General in charge of the Army of the Potomac is preparing for an important campaign.
Pennsylvania Legislature
(Column 3)
Summary: Relates that the new Senate in the Pennsylvania Legislature, according to the Harrisburg Union, will house 23 Republicans and 10 Democrats, and the House will contain 53 Democrats and 47 Republicans.

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Description of Page: Advertisements, columns 2-5; brief news items from Missouri and Virginia, column 5

(Column 1)
Summary: Announces that the Town Council has commissioned an extension to the Friendship Engine House.
Beef Contract
(Column 1)
Summary: Reports that Benjamin S. Kunkle and John L. Metzger of Harrisburg have received a contract for four thousand cattle, "with the privilege of sixteen thousand," from the government. The cattle are to be delivered either at Chambersburg or at Harrisburg.
(Column 1)
Summary: Announces the arrival in Chambersburg the previous morning of 276 Indiana volunteers. They are on their way from Baltimore to join the 12th Indiana Regiment in the Grand Army of the Potomac.
Ripe Strawberries
(Column 1)
Summary: Relates that the garden of Mrs. Elisabeth Stokes has produced a bunch of ripe strawberries of a variety that bears monthly.
(Names in announcement: Mrs. Elizabeth Stokes)
The First Ice
(Column 1)
Summary: Announces that the first frost of the year formed on the night of October 25. Urges readers to be generous to the "deserving poor," since the winter promises to be a difficult one for them.
Full Text of Article:

The first ice of the season, in this locality, was formed on the night of the 25th inst. Winter, with all its rigors, is at the door, and although our country is blessed with an abundance of breadstuffs, who can tell the amount of hunger and suffering that will be indured [sic] by the poor before the ear is again saluted by the song of the Spring birds! Owing to the disturbed condition of our national affairs, and the scarcety [sic] of employment resulting therefrom, the approaching winter, doubtless, wears a more terrible appearance to thousands of the children of want than many others did, that are past. Let all, therefore, be as liberal to the deserving poor as their means will permit, and thus prevent want from pressing too heavily.

Negley's Brigade
(Column 1)
Summary: Reports the arrival of Negley's brigade in six steamers at Louisville and describes the men in the brigade as "finely uniformed and armed," disciplined, and well taken care of.
Origin of Article: Louisville (Ky.) Democrat
Editorial Comment: "To keep our readers informed on the whereabouts and doings of this Brigade we take the following from the Louisville (Ky.) Democrat of the 22d inst.:"
Another Requisition
(Column 2)
Summary: Reports that the war department has asked Governor Curtin for five companies of heavy artillery, to be commanded by Colonel Anganthe of Philadelphia.
(Column 2)
Summary: Mr. Jacob E. Wingert of Quincy township and Miss Ann R. Baer of New Franklin were married on October 15.
(Names in announcement: Mr. Jacob E. Wingert, Miss Ann R. Baer)
(Column 2)
Summary: Mr. Jeremiah Kiser of Cashtown and Miss Susan A. Mehaffey of Chambersburg were married on October 24.
(Names in announcement: Mr. Jeremiah Kiser, Miss Susan A. Mehaffey)

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Description of Page: Reports from the South that its supplies are giving out, column 1; opinions from various newspapers about the charges levied against General Fremont, column 1; prices current, column 2; advertisements, columns 2-5

The Rebels Discouraged by Inaction, and Expect a Long War
(Column 1)
Summary: Indicates that the Confederates are experiencing a crisis of confidence and suggests that the South begin to look for "terms of submission." Argues that a satisfactory treaty cannot be made until the South has destroyed the strategically advantageous position that the North presently occupies.
Origin of Article: Richmond Whig