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Staunton Spectator: September 24, 1861

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Description of Page: Various reports of battles and skirmishes. Column 7 lists markets and advertisements.

Poor Kentucky
(Column 1)
Summary: Item ridicules Kentucky for its decision to remain in the Union and to remain neutral.
Beware--Treasury Notes
(Column 1)
Summary: The Confederate treasurer reports that a load of ten dollar notes was stolen. The thieves have been arrested, but the treasurer wishes to remove the notes from circulation.
To the Patriotic Ladies of the Valley of Virginia
(Column 1)
Summary: Article encourages the ladies of the Valley to donate blankets and clothing to the war effort.
Address on the War
(Column 1)
Summary: Announcement of an address by Rev. Regester to the citizens of Staunton on the war at 7pm on the 24th.
(Names in announcement: Rev. Samuel Regester)
Loyalty of Slaves
(Column 1)
Summary: Reports that slaves belonging to Mr. Terrill and Mr. Mays of Bath County who were hired out in Kanawah County fled back to their masters as the Yankees approached.
Good Cigars
(Column 1)
Summary: Item reports that Mr. Johnson has opened a tobacco store in Staunton.
(Names in announcement: J.H. Johnson)
(Column 1)
Summary: Item reports that sixty prisoners of war held in Staunton were moved to Richmond.
Skirmishing on the Potomac
(Column 2)
Summary: Reports continued skirmishing around the Potomac River.
Plot to Escape Discovered
(Column 2)
Summary: An escape plot among Yankee prisoners held in Richmond at Liggon's tobacco factory was discovered.
Candidates for Congress
(Column 2)
Summary: Announces that the election for the Confederate Congress will be held on the 6th of November. No Augusta candidates had yet announced at press time.
Difference of Opinion
(Column 2)
Summary: Reports that the brothers-in-law of Abe Lincoln and John Fremont are fighting on Virginia soil for the Confederacy.
[No Title]
(Column 3)
Summary: Asserts that the suspension of liberties in the North is a sign of the weakness of the Government and notes that no similar suspensions of liberties has occurred in the South.
Full Text of Article:

The system of unconstitutional, unlawful and despotic arrests and imprisonments now carried on by the Lincoln Government, is an evidence of conscious weakness, and would never be resorted to by a government which had the slightest confidence in its own strength. That nothing of the kind occurs under the Administration of President Davis, is a clear demonstration that the Southern Government is embedded in the popular affections, and that thrice armed in that panoply, it feels secure, both of the justice and the might of its case.

For the Spectator
(Column 5)
Summary: Writer encourages the citizenry to send blankets and warm clothes to the men in the military.
Trailer: Amicus
A Response to Fremont
(Column 5)
Summary: A transcript of a letter from a Missouri State Guardsman critical of Maj. Gen. Fremont's pro-Union position. The writer threatens to hang a Yankee soldier for every Confederate hanged under Fremont's decree.
Trailer: M. Jeff Thompson
(Column 4)
Summary: Details the suspension of liberties in Maryland and asserts that the people there view the Confederate army as a liberating force.
Origin of Article: Richmond Whig
Full Text of Article:

A gentleman who was recently in Maryland, gives us a very interesting account of the state of feeling among the people and of the horrible despotism of the Yankee mercenaries. Arrests are nightly made of the most respectable citizens; and in large districts of country, men never sleep at home. They seek safety in the woods. Rougeries and outrages of all kinds are constantly perpetrated. The negroes, almost without an exception, are true to their masters, and have an intenser hate of the Yankees than even their mistresses have. Very often, through their vigilance, their masters have been enabled to escape the myrmidons of Lincoln. The wish, the prayer of the whole population, white and black, men, women and children, is for the early coming of Jeff. Davis' Army of DELIVERANCE. When that day does arrive, it will witness such an uprising-- such an exterminating fury as the world has never seen. The New York Herald states that the Maryland population is so intense Rebellious that a Confederate army could march from the Potomac to Baltimore without the fact being made known to the Federal authorities by any of the inhabitants. Surely, such a people, outraged and panting for liberty, have a right to all our sympathies and to all the aid our arms can give them. Rich. Whig

Trailer: Rich. Whig
Examination on a Charge of Treason
(Column 5)
Summary: A citizen in Berkeley County has been brought to court to answer a charge of "entertaining treasonable sentiments towards the Southern Confederacy."
Origin of Article: Charleston Free Press
Trailer: Charleston Free Press
For the Spectator
(Column 5)
Summary: Letter reports the donations received at the Staunton Military Hospital since August 17.
(Names in announcement: Mrs. W. Nelson, Mrs. Wayt Bell, Mrs. H. Guthrie, Mrs. J. Guthrie, Mrs. C. Francisco)
Report of Deaths in the General Hospital at Staunton from its Establishment to September 17, 1861
(Column 5)
Summary: Details the deaths that have occurred at the military hospital in Staunton since September 17.
John J. Fry
(Column 6)
Summary: A tribute to John J. Fry of Wheeling who remained loyal to the Confederacy and died in battle.
The Women of the South
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Summary: Laudatory article about the women of the South.
Origin of Article: Vicksburg Sun
(Column 7)
Summary: Married on September 19.
(Names in announcement: Rev. J.R. Wheeler, John A. Roote, Evaline F. Burkett)
(Column 7)
Summary: Died in Staunton on August 22 at age 25. He was a member of the Greenbrier Rifles.
(Names in announcement: Samuel W. Brown)
(Column 7)
Summary: Died on September 15 at Hightown, Highland County. He was a member of the Churchville Cavalry.
(Names in announcement: David H. Baer)

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Description of Page: Column 1 partially illegible. Remainder of page 2 ads.

(Column 1)
Summary: Lauds the efforts of the ladies in providing clothing and other goods for the soldiers.
Origin of Article: Memphis Appeal
Unhappy Maryland
(Column 1)
Summary: Bemoans the fact that civil liberties have been suspended in Maryland.
Origin of Article: Richmond Dispatch
Trailer: Rich. Dispatch