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Semi-Weekly Dispatch: November 8, 1861

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Description of Page: Advertisements, columns 1-3; poem, column 4; reports on Fremont's charge into Springfield, Missouri, column 4;

The Language of the American Flag
(Column 5)
Summary: Reprints an explanation of the symbolism behind the colors and the stars and stripes of the American flag.
Colonel Birney Going to Kentucky
(Column 5)
Summary: Reprint of a letter from the camp of the 23rd Pennsylvania, the regiment commanded by Colonel Birney. Explains that Colonel Birney has been selected to command one of the Kentucky Brigades, primarily because he is from an old Kentucky family, and thus Birney's selection should please the people of that state.

-Page 02-

Description of Page: Article reporting that Jason Lesley Jr., chief clerk in the war department, has been appointed consul to Nice, column 2; articles concerning General Fremont's body guard, Lincoln's new willingness to exchange prisoners, the rumored death of Sam Houston, the formation of ice in the flowing wells of Oil Creek, column 2; news from Springfield, Missouri, from western Virginia, from Ohio, from Washington, and from Baltimore, columns 3-5; advertisements, column 5

Removal of Fremont
(Column 1)
Summary: The Dispatch protests the removal of General Fremont from the command of the Western Department, or Army of the Mississippi. Predicts that Fremont's removal at a time when a battle seems eminent will do harm to the army, since the men trusted and respected Fremont.
The Blockade--England and France
(Column 1)
Summary: Disparages the idea that England or France will interfere with the blockade of Southern ports.
Removal of Fremont!
(Column 3)
Summary: Provides details of the removal of General Fremont, including his farewell letter to the army and the response of his troops. Reports that the soldiers cheered wherever Fremont appeared and that they were disheartened at his removal.

-Page 03-

Description of Page: List of letters remaining in Chambersburg post office as of November 1, 1861, column 1; advertisements, columns 2-5

(Column 1)
Summary: Announces that the Reverend William F. Eyster has resigned his position as Principal of the Hagerstown Female Seminary since being elected pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church at Smithsburg.
Origin of Article: Hagerstown Herald
On a Visit
(Column 1)
Summary: Relates that Colonel C. T. Campbell, of the First Pennsylvania Regiment of Artillery, and Major George Stetzel, of Harlan's Regiment of Cavalry, both paid a visit to friends in their home town of Chambersburg over the last few days. The Dispatch reports that both men are now back at their posts.
(Names in announcement: , )
Slaughter of Ducks
(Column 1)
Summary: Reports that on the previous Monday, at the commencement of the hunting season, thirty barrels of ducks were killed in the Susquehanna, below Havre de Grace. The ducks were then shipped to Philadelphia, New York, and other Northern cities.
Origin of Article: Harrisburg Telegraph
(Column 1)
Summary: Reports that the interior and exterior of the Depot Building in Chambersburg is being completely remodeled. Comments that the new coat of paint on the exterior and the addition of an observatory and flag staff on the center of the roof have given the whole building an "elegantly finished appearance."
(Column 2)
Summary: Mary Bell Grove, aged 10 years, died of diphtheria in Chambersburg on November 5. She was the only daughter of Edward and Elmira Grove.
(Names in announcement: Mary Bell Grove, Edward Grove, Elmira Grove)
(Column 2)
Summary: Mrs. Mary Oyler, aged about 70 years, died in Chambersburg on November 6 after a lingering sickness. Mrs. Oyler was the relative of Philip Oyler, late of Guildford township.
(Names in announcement: Mrs. Mary Oyler, Philip Oyler)

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Description of Page: Poem, column 1; incidents and anecdotes, including those selected from the Bulletin and the Missouri Republican, column 1; prices current, column 2; advertisements, columns 2-5