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Staunton Spectator: November 29, 1859

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Personal Portraits
(Column 3)
Summary: Sketches of the prosecuting attorneys and judge in the John Brown Trial, as written by a correspondent for the New York Tribune.
Origin of Article: New York Tribune
Editorial Comment: "The Charlestown correspondent of the New York Tribune gives the subjoined sketches of the two prosecuting attorneys at the recent trials at that place. The intelligent readers will of course make all due allowance for the abolition proclivities of the writer."

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Description of Page: This page, especially column 1, is very blurry. Markets in column 7.

Execution of Brown
(Column 1)
Summary: Criticizes an article in the Lockport Chronicle that advocated commuting Brown's death sentence.
Military Movements
(Column 1)
Summary: Cadets from VMI, the West Augusta Guard and Spring Hill Mountain Guard were all ordered to Charlestown on Saturday, November 26 because of fears that the Harper's Ferry prisoners might either escape or be rescued.
(Names in announcement: Capt. Bushong)
Staunton Artillery
(Column 1)
Summary: A new military company, called the Staunton Artillery, was formed. Officers of the company are listed above.
(Names in announcement: Jno. Imboden, Thomas Harman, Michie Jno., William Peyton, A.W. Garber, G.W. Imboden, G.A. Armentrout, M.G. Garber, H.M. Stoddard)
Danger of Insurrection
(Column 2)
Summary: Mocks Northern press coverage of Southern fears of insurrection. Author claims that southerners sleep soundly, secure in the knowledge that slaves will not rise up against them. Also expresses confidence that slavery was ordained by God.
Charlestown Intelligence; (Correspondence of the Baltimore American); Charlestown, Nov 23
(Column 3)
Summary: Letter from Charlestown, describing the goings on there, including Wise's visit, as well as various rumors and scares.
Origin of Article: Baltimore American
Trailer: Yours, H. D. B. [followed by dispatch from Harper's Ferry]
Town Meeting
(Column 4)
Summary: Report of Town Meeting for Staunton, including text of resolutions adopted regarding Harper's Ferry. Article condemns the raid as the work of Seward and his party. The meeting praised Gov. Wise, promised that Staunton will fight to defend the state, and planned to raise money to better equip the local militia.
(Names in announcement: N.K. Trout, Gen. W.H. Harman, B.G. Bickle, C.R. Mason, Jno. Imboden, L. WaddellJr., M.G. Harman, Col. R. Turk, Capt. Peck, H.M. Bell, H.B. MichieJr., Major Watts, Powell Harrison, B.B. Stuart)
County Meeting
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Summary: Report of County meeting held on November 28. The County adopted resolutions regarding Harper's Ferry that were similar to those endorsed at the Town meeting. The county men decried the "spilling of Virginia blood upon Virginia soil. "
(Names in announcement: Capt. Kenton Harper, Jno. Peyton, J.D. Imboden, William Harman, Robert Guy, J.M. McCue, T.J. Michie, R.G. Bickle, J.B. Baldwin, H.W. Sheffey, G.T. Antrim, R. Turk, C.R. Mason, M.G. Harman, H.B. Michie)
Railroad Meeting
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Summary: Details a meeting held to discuss the possibility of constructing a railroad from Salem to Harrisonburg. At the meeting, an investigative committee was appointed.
(Names in announcement: Kenton Harper, L. WaddellJr., H.B. MichieJr., H.M. Bell, William Tate, James Baldwin, R.L. Doyle, J.D. Imboden)
For the Spectator; Meeting of the Military in Spring Hill
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Summary: Another meeting held in response to Harper's Ferry. The participants pledged to protect Virginia and expressed approval of Wise and of the Georgia resolution of support.
(Names in announcement: Isaac Bushong, B.H. Kibler)
Governor Wise Criticised by a Fellow Democrat
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Summary: The Albany Argus criticized Gov. Wise for his handling of the Harper's Ferry raiders, arguing that he helped make them heroes.
Visiters [sic] to the Execution
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Summary: A number of northerners are expected to travel to Charlestown to see John Brown's execution. The Spectator urges Virginians to stay away.
More Fanaticism
(Column 6)
Summary: The New York Observer deplored the reward offered for Giddings, one of Brown's men who escaped, that ran in the Richmond Whig. The paper argued that another man hunt would help "create a deeper hostility at the North against the South."
(Column 7)
Summary: Married on November 8.
(Names in announcement: Rev. C.S.M. See, Dr. M.J. Walker, Bettie Brown, John Brown)
(Column 7)
Summary: Died on November 20. Young was a member of the Augusta Church.
(Names in announcement: Anthony Young)

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