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Semi-Weekly Dispatch: November 12, 1861

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Description of Page: Advertisements, columns 1-3; poem, details of the capture of Lieutenant Colonel John H. Price of the rebel army, anecdote, column 4; article reporting that a new iron-clad ship is being built for the Union, which will be launched in December, column 5

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Description of Page: Background of General Hunter, the successor of General Fremont, column 2; resolutions announced by the East Pennsylvania Eldership of the church of God offering its loyalty to the Union and its prayers that the Union might be restored, column 2; particulars of the fight at Belmont, near Columbus, Missouri, column 3; chronicle of the dissatisfaction caused by the removal of General Fremont, columns 3 and 4; report that the effect of Fremont's removal has been "much exaggerated," columns 4 and 5; more news from Missouri, columns 4 and 5; news from Fortress Monroe of the naval expedition, column 5

The Election in Maryland
(Column 1)
Summary: Reports that Maryland expressed a strong sentiment for the Union in the recent elections. Argues that even in the Southern states that have rebelled, the predominant sentiment is probably for restoring the Union, but that the people are prevented from expressing this view by those who are in power.
Full Text of Article:

The result of the recent Election in Maryland, (held on Wednesday last,) is most gratifying to the loyal men throughout the country. The result shows that the Union sentiment predominates largely throughout the State, and even in the city of Baltimore, the principal hot-bed of treason in the State, the result is overwhelming in favor of the Union.

With all the eighteen Free States solid for the Union, backed by a tremendous loyal sentiment in Missouri, Kentucky, East Tennessee, Western Virginia, Delaware, and now by a fair expression of the sentiment of Maryland, there seems to be but little hope for the success of the rebellion, and but little to cause the patriot to fear for the ultimate result. It is but a question of time--treason must be, will be crushed out, and our glorious Union will again stand before the world more powerful, more grand, more beautiful, from being abscurred [sic] by the cloud that now hangs over it, than she has ever before been regarded by the world.

No effort--from cold-blooded murder to perjury--was left untried by the Rebels of Maryland to drag her into the slough of secession, but all failed, and to-day her voice, as expressed at the ballot-box, rings out over the country, in stentorian tones, for the Constitution, the Union, and the enforcement of the Laws. All honor to the intelligent freemen of Maryland.

With but, probably, one exception--we believe that a decided majority of the people of every Southern State was decidedly in favor of the Union--of the Government, pure and simple, as it was before the rebellion was precipitated. And even now, if they could be permitted to express their honest sentiments, we doubt not it would be in favor of the Union of their fathers. This was never permitted, however. Force, violence, lynch-law, governed and over-awed, and the ambitious, the bad, and turbulent men assumed the control and proclaimed the several States out of the Union, and thus forced upon the country, against the better judgment of their people, the present unfortunate civil contest. It is a severe ordeal through which our loved Republic is called to pass, but the future will demonstrate, that the trial was for her good, as she will come out of the firey-furnace disrobed of her impurities. The preservation of our Government is worth all the blood and treasure and suffering that may be demanded for that purpose, not only for ourselves, but for our posterity, and as an asylum for the oppressed of other lands.

The result of the Election in Maryland is another assurance to the world, that the people are loyal, and that the Republic is safe.

Review of the Losses
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Summary: Statistics revealing the number of men from both Union and Confederate sides who have been killed, wounded, or taken prisoner since the firing on Fort Sumter.
Origin of Article: New York Advertiser
Full Text of Article:

The New York Advertiser has a careful review of the various skirmishes, battles and important reconnoissances, from the bombardment of Sumpter to the late battle at Romney, with the most accurate returns of the losses that could be obtained, the result, as figured up from the table, is:

Killed. Wounded. Prisn'rs. Total.
Union forces. 969 2,041 5,384
Rebel forces, 4,049 1,604 2,808 8,461

But this shows greatly to the disadvantage of the Union side, since the losses of the Rebels in many important actions are unknown, while the prisoners on the Union side are largely made up of the troops surrendered by Twiggs' treachery in Texas.

The Late Elections
(Column 1)
Summary: Reports the results of the recent elections in New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Maryland, Wisconsin, and Kansas. The vote in New York, Massachusetts, and Maryland was heavily in favor of the Republican or the Union party, while the vote in Kansas and Wisconsin was almost evenly divided between Democrat and Republican. New Jersey was carried by the Democrats.

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Description of Page: Continuation from page 2 of report on the naval expedition, column 1; report that the federal forces had taken Beaufort in South Carolina, column 1; report of the election and of a fire on the prairie in Kansas, column 1; advertisements, columns 3-5; report from Washington that federal troops have arrived at Coosawatchie, which is 20 miles north of Beaufort and 60 miles west of Charleston, column 5

The State
(Column 2)
Summary: Relates that Pennsylvania will pay 27 cents per pair of "good knit woolen socks" that are delivered to Harrisburg. Recommends that they be gray and that the socks have double heels.
For the War
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Summary: Notes the resignation of Mr. J. R. Gilmore of his position as superintendent of the government telegraph to enlist in Colonel Patterson's Regiment of Philadelphia. He has been made a First Lieutenant.
(Names in announcement: Mr. J. R. Gilmore)
Another Regiment
(Column 2)
Summary: Reports that General Robert McAllen of Fannettsburg in Franklin County has been authorized to form a regiment of volunteers, which will be quartered at Camp Slifer until they are sent to Harrisburg sometime in the coming two weeks.
Mittens for the Soldiers
(Column 2)
Summary: Provides directions from the Ladies' Aid Society of Philadelphia for the knitting of mittens for the soldiers.
Sad Accident
(Column 2)
Summary: Reports that the child of a German man named Danfeldt was severely burned so that recovery is unlikely. The child, along with another child, was left alone briefly while his father attended church and his mother was upstairs in their residence on Broad Street when the child upset a candle and his clothes caught on fire.
(Names in announcement: Danfeldt)
From Negley's Brigade.
(Column 2)
Full Text of Article:

We have been permitted to make the following extracts from a letter received by the wife of an officer in Col. Stumbaugh's Regiment, now on duty in Kentucky:

Camp of Negley's Brigade, P. V.,
Hardin Co., (Ky.,) Oct. 24, 1861.

Dear Wife:--Well, here we are, in the midst of secession, 50 miles South of Louisville, on the Louisville and Memphis Rail Road. We arrived in Louisville on Monday night, remaining on the boats until morning, when we disembarked and marched through the city to our Camp, at Oakland, a most beautiful spot, about one mile from the city. Louisville is one of the most beautiful of American Cities. The streets are very wide and clean, and many of the private residences are magnificent. We were received, while passing through the city, with shouts of joy, and welcomes to the "Old Pennsylvania Boys." We went to camp, pitched our tents, when our Regiment marched back to town, where the citizens had prepared a substantial supper. Everybody appeared to do their utmost to make us comfortable. After supper we returned to camp, and next morning the whole Brigade--3000--marched back to the city, and were again treated to a good warm breakfast, provided by the citizens.

At 4 p. m. we took the cars and moved off, no one knew whither. We traveled about 50 miles and disembarked at this, our present camp. There is now, within 2 1/2 miles of us, 30,000 men, and 15 miles further there is another camp of some 4000 men, all good and true to the Government of our fathers.

Kentucky, we find, is largely for the Union; but before the loyal troops came here the Union men wee compelled to keep quiet. Now, however, they are flocking around their country's standard--the glorious old Stars and Stripes--by thousands. * * *

Our pickets were within 1 1/2 miles of the Rebel camp, and saw them drilling. You will thus see that we are in close proximity to our enemies. We have no fears of an attack, as they are entrenching themselves, and of course expect us to attack them, which we will do not until we have a sufficient force to insure an easy victory.

We have been getting along finely, having had no accident since we left Pittsburg. The health of the Brigade is good--there is not a severely sick man in the entire command.--We have a very fine set of Staff officers, who endeavor to make things as comfortable as possible.

Direct your letters to the care of Col. Stumbaugh, Negley's Brigade, P. V., Louisville, Ky.

There goes tattoo, and all lights must be extinguished. Good night.

Trailer: J. R. F.
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Summary: Mr. John M. Beidell, from near Fayetteville, and Miss Jane Durff of Cleversburg in Cumberland County were married on November 7.
(Names in announcement: Mr. John M. Beidell)
(Column 3)
Summary: Mr. Abraham Barnhart and Miss Hannah Mary Keehner, both of Washington County, Maryland, were married on November 7.
(Column 3)
Summary: Thomas Benson Seibert, 32 years of age, died on November 9 in Chambersburg. He was the son of William Seibert.
(Names in announcement: Thomas Benson Seibert, William Seibert)

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Description of Page: Poem, article from the New Orleans Picayune concerning the predictions of Nostradamus, column 1; prices current, column 2; advertisements, columns 1-5

A New Pennsylvania Cavalry Regiment
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Summary: Reports that the Seventh Cavalry Regiment, which is the eightieth regiment formed in Pennsylvania, is nearly ready for the field. Almost a thousand men have enlisted in the regiment, which is commanded by General Wynkoop.