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Semi-Weekly Dispatch: February 28, 1862

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Description of Page: Advertisements, columns 1 and 2; a tribute to Willie Lincoln, the son of the President who died of pneumonia the previous week, column 5

Gen. Grant's Official Report of the Battle of Fort Donelson
(Column 3)
Summary: Reprints General Grant's report of the battle at Fort Donelson, including general orders congratulating the troops and the officers present at the battle.
Rebel Account of the Fall of Bowling Green
(Column 4)
Summary: Report of occurrences at the fall of Bowling Green from an eye-witness to the event.
Origin of Article: Richmond Dispatch

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Description of Page: News printed in Southern newspapers, column 4; proceedings of Congress, columns 4 and 5; advertisements, column 5

Whom Shall We Believe?
(Column 1)
Summary: Asks which is to be believed--the Valley Spirit, which claims injury against the South was the cause of secession, or the Richmond Whig, which claims that Southern leaders brought the South into the rebellion for no reason.
The True Spirit of the South
(Column 1)
Summary: Argues that there are many in the South who desire to rejoin the United States.
Who Is to Blame?
(Column 2)
Summary: Answers the Spirit's complaint that the war is costing the government "at least one thousand millions of dollars" with the arguments that the preservation of the Union is worth whatever the cost and that it is the Democrats' fault that the war in the first place.
A Ring of the True Metal
(Column 2)
Summary: Prints the proclamation of Commodore Foot to the residents of Clarksville at Fort Donelson notifying them that no person or property shall be disturbed as long as military equipment is surrendered and neither the "Secession flag" nor sentiments of secession are displayed.
More Returned Prisoners
(Column 2)
Summary: Reports that more Union officers have been returned to Baltimore from Fortress Monroe.
Capture of Nashville Confirmed
(Column 3)
Summary: Reports that Union troops have taken possession of Nashville, and rumors claim that Memphis has also surrendered.

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Description of Page: Incidents from the battle of Fort Donelson that denote the defiance demonstrated by individual Southern soldiers as well as the "Union recklessness of life," column 2; advertisements, columns 3-5

Our Boys Have Moved
(Column 1)
Summary: Reports that the brigade containing the 77th Pennsylvania have left Green River, Kentucky, where they have camped for the past three months, and are headed, it is presumed, toward Nashville, Tennessee.
Important Order
(Column 1)
Summary: Reports that Secretary of War Stanton has issued a proclamation announcing that the government has taken control of the telegraph lines and that nothing relating to the movement of government troops is to be published without the prior approval of the proper authorities. The Dispatch endorses this action.
Important War Bulletin
(Column 1)
Summary: The orders issued by Secretary Stanton pertaining to the seizure of all telegraph lines by the government.
(Column 2)
Summary: Mr. David Wilson, about 70 years of age, died of dropsy on February 27 in St. Thomas township. The Dispatch reports that Mr. Wilson was one of the wealthiest citizens of the county.
(Names in announcement: Mr. David Wilson)

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Description of Page: prices current, column 2; advertisements, columns 1-5

An Appeal from the Rebel Commissioners
(Column 1)
Summary: Correspondence between Queen Victoria's Secretary of Foreign Affairs--Lord Russell--and the "rebel commissioners" Yancey, Rost, and Mann. The Confederate officers attempt to persuade Britain to recognize the Confederacy as a nation, and Lord Russell declares the Queen's decision to preserve Britain's neutrality.