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Semi-Weekly Dispatch: December 3, 1861

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Description of Page: Advertisements, columns 1 and 2; poem, column 3; incident from the war in western Virginia, columns 3 and 4; anecdote concerning Colonel Berdan, international news items, column 4; article reporting that the expedition launched by Generals Grant and McClernand down the Mississippi River will soon be underway, column 5

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Description of Page: News items from Fort Pickens, "news and gossip" from Washington, news of the battle of Pensacola, the latest from General Bank's column, columns 2 and 3; information from a deserter of an Alabama regiment, column 4; advertisements, columns 4 and 5

Future Triumph
(Column 1)
Summary: Predicts that the advantageous positions occupied by Union troops on several fronts at present will mean victory in the future for the government forces over the rebellion.
Important Movements
(Column 1)
Summary: Reports on the strategies currently being employed by the navy to enforce the blockade of Southern ports and to wage a campaign on the Mississippi River.
Reconnoisance to Drainsville
(Column 2)
Summary: Reports that while returning to Langley from a reconnaissance mission to Drainsville, members of the First Pennsylvania regiment were ambushed by a force of Southern soldiers. The regiment made a retreat, but only after 29 men had been killed, wounded, or captured.
Losing Railroad Cars
(Column 2)
Summary: Relates that railroad companies do not know where many of their cars are, since their freight cars have been used freely on one another's roads since the war began.
Full Text of Article:

Since the war has broke [sic] out the freight cars of the different railroads have been used freely upon one another's roads. The result is that none of them know where their cars are. It is no unusual thing to see cars of the New Jersey Central, or Williamsport and Elmira and Pennsylvania Railroad standing about the sidings at Washington. The Balt. and Ohio Railroad have lost over forty that they cannot find, and have, accordingly, sent out men all over the country wherever a railroad runs to hunt them up and get them home. The freight coming into Washington every morning would make one continuous string for two and a half to three miles long. To-day, a train nearly half a mile long, loaded with wood, came in. Before the war, wood along the road was poor sale, little or none being sent over the road; now the trade is immense, and prices have again gone up for woodland to almost fabulous rates.

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(Column 4)
Summary: Reprint of a letter that indicates the fear of slave insurrection now present among whites in Charleston.
Editorial Comment: "We take the following extract from a letter written by a lady in Charleston, S. C., to the Philadelphia Inquirer. It speaks for itself."
Full Text of Article:

We take the following extract from a letter written by a lady in Charleston, S. C., to the Philadelphia Inquirer. It speaks for itself:

"Disguise the truth as we may, all thinking men here feel their position peculiarly unsafe; and those who are surrounded by female relatives, have their anxiety increased a thousand fold. We do not fear for the clash of contending armies, though that is sufficiently terrible to excite much apprehension; but even amid the carnage of war, the veriest boor within the armies would respect women; though traitors try to teach us that the Northern war cry is "Beauty and Booty;" but we do dread lest at midnight the fearful sounds of servile insurrection shall salute our ears. You know the negroes are far superior in number to the whites, and now that there are so many absent in the army their majority is greatly increased. If they rise we are in their power! Do you know what that means? Remember the history of all servile insurrections, and recall the horrors enacted by the race whom oppression has helped to brutalize. Of course the masters would fight desperately; but how could the small number of male whites defend their helpless wives and daughters against a tenfold force of maddened slaves, whose strength and ferocity are well known."

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Description of Page: Reports from Port Royal, Martinsburg and Winchester, and Fairfax Court House, columns 2 and 3; advertisements, columns 4 and 5

(Column 1)
Summary: Announces that reverend Charles T. Steck, the brother of Reverend J. Steck, who is the pastor of the Lutheran congregation of Chambersburg, will leave for Kentucky in a day or two to assume the position of chaplain of Hambright's Regiment, which is connected with Negley's Pennsylvania Brigade.
Thanksgiving Day
(Column 1)
Summary: Reports that the day of Thanksgiving was observed in a respectful manner in Chambersburg.
Under Fire
(Column 1)
Summary: Reports that two soldiers connected with Chambersburg were among those who participated in the reconnaissance mission towards Drainsville. The two were Mr. George W. Fisher, brother of Mr. John Fisher, Mr. David Newman, son of Mr. A. H. Newman.
(Names in announcement: Mr. George W. Fisher, Mr. John Fisher, Mr. David Newman, Mr. A. H. Newman)
Thanksgiving Sermon
(Column 1)
Summary: Relates that at the request of a number of members of the community from different denominations, the Thanksgiving sermon given by Reverend Samuel J. Niccolls will be repeated next Thursday evening in the Methodist church of Chambersburg.
(Names in announcement: Reverend Samuel J. Niccolls)
More Troops
(Column 2)
Summary: Reports that Dr. J. A. Carmon of Harrisburg has been authorized to raise a company of volunteers for Colonel R. W. McAllen's regiment, which is currently encamped at Camp Slifer.
From One of Our Own
(Column 2)
Summary: Letter from a member of Company C of Harlan's Cavalry, who have recently arrived at Fortress Monroe.
Trailer: T. W. M.
(Column 3)
Summary: On November 27, Mr. David Croft, from near St. Thomas, married Miss Ellen W. Kinneard of Chambersburg.
(Names in announcement: Mr. David Croft, Miss Ellen W. Kinneard)
(Column 3)
Summary: Miss Araminto Weaver, aged 5 years, died near Marion on November 16.
(Names in announcement: Miss Araminto Weaver)
(Column 3)
Summary: Mrs. Mary Sackman, aged 70 years and 11 months, died at St. Thomas on November 21.
(Names in announcement: Mrs. Mary Sackman)
(Column 3)
Summary: Mrs. Lydia Rhoads, aged 67 years, died at Smoketown on November 25.
(Names in announcement: Mrs. Lydia Rhoads)

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Description of Page: Incident of bravery on the part of officers and soldiers in Virginia, column 1; prices current, column 1; advertisements, columns 1-5

Instructions to Gen. Sherman
(Column 1)
Summary: Reports the instructions of General Sherman that the crops in Beaufort be seized and that the slaves be used to gather those crops and to erect the defenses at Port Royal.
Origin of Article: New York Tribune