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Staunton Spectator: June 25, 1861

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Description of Page: Various articles regarding military engagements.

Reaction in the North
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Summary: Alleges that, in light of the recent military engagements, war fever in the North has subsided. The article argues that, were a referendum taken in the North, the results would favor peace even if it means recognizing Southern independence.
Patriotic Upheavings in Missouri
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Summary: Item reports that Gov. Jackson of Missouri has issued a proclamation calling for 50,000 Missouri troops to repel a Federal invasion.
Skirmish near Laurel Hill--Eight of the Enemy Killed
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Summary: Item details a report of a skirmish between a Confederate and a Northern scouting party.
Still Volunteering
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Summary: Item reports a fourteenth volunteer company raised in Augusta.
(Names in announcement: Capt. H. Skinner, Lieut. E.V. Garber, Lieut. Jonathan Cochran, Lieut. Jonathan Eckridge, Sgt. J.D. Beard, Sgt. L.J. Maupin, Sgt. O.C. Lipscomb, Sgt. Samuel Carrol)
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Summary: Item announces a meeting of Presbyterians in Virginia to react to the Presbyterian Church O.S. in its endorsement of Lincoln's policies. The goal of the meeting is to organize a separate Presbyterian Church body for the Confederate States.
Full Text of Article:

The action of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, O. S. in sustaining the Government of the United States in its unholy war on the South, has caused a call in which the Ministers and Elders of the Confederate States are invited to meet in Richmond on the 24th of July, for the purpose of ascertaining the sense of the Presbyterians in regard to the formation of a General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the Confederate States of America.

Skirmish at New Creek, Caught them Napping
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Summary: Report of a surprise attack on a Union position. Included with the article is an official report.
Election of Congressmen, President, and Vice-President
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Summary: Announces that the Confederate Government has passed a law providing for the election of officers for the permanent government in November.
[No Title]
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Summary: Item asserts that the blockade will hurt Northern manufacturing more than Southern agriculture because it will prevent Northern mills from getting raw cotton.
Virginia Permanently a Member of the Southern Confederacy
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Summary: Announces that Virginia is now a permanent member of the Southern Confederacy.
The Tories in Conclave
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Summary: Reports the continued meeting of anti-secessionists in Wheeling.
Augusta Boys
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Summary: A number of men from Augusta participated in the fight at Bethel Church.
(Names in announcement: Col. Staurt, Sandy Eskridge, Estill Waddell, James Waddell)
To the People of N. W. Virginia, By the Governor of Virginia, A Proclamation
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Summary: Governor attempts to lure the pro-Union citizens of Northwestern Virginia into supporting the Confederacy.
Terrible Affray in Highland
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Summary: Reports an incident in Highland in which a Unionist was shot as he left the polls for voting the Union ticket.
To the Ladies of Virginia
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Summary: Asks ladies to volunteer to act as nurses for the Confederate cause.
Origin of Article: Richmond Daily Dispatch
Anti-War Resolutions
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Summary: Reports that several anti-war resolutions were introduced into the Connecticut Senate.
Another Peace Movement
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Summary: Item reports anti-war meetings in Newark, New Jersey.
[No Title]
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Summary: Alleges that Lincoln's troops have been breaking into private Virginia houses and robbing them of valuables.
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Summary: Letter asserts that men who are not in combat should help the ladies in the effort to collect cloth.
(Names in announcement: Francis Stribling)
The Privateer Savannah
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Summary: Questions what the Federal forces will do with the crew of the Savannah, now imprisoned on board the Minnesota. The war press of New York thinks they should be hung, but Lincoln says they will be treated as prisoners of war.
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Summary: J. Byron Houm married Cassie Mason on June 19 at the Baptist Church in Staunton.
(Names in announcement: Rev. George Taylor, J. Byron Houm, Cassie Mason, C.R. Mason)
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Summary: Died on June 10 near Rockland Mills at age 68. He was a member of the Lutheran Church.
(Names in announcement: Gottlieb Gutshall)

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Description of Page: Advertisements

Molly Pitchers in the South
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Summary: A young lady from the South wrote a letter to a friend in the North assuring her that there were many thousands of "Molly Pitchers" in the South who, "if circumstances shall require, will be found on the tented field defending our alters and our homes."
Origin of Article: N.Y. Day Book