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Staunton Spectator: November 19, 1861

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Description of Page: Various battlefield reports. Much of page extremely light.

Fire in Staunton
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Summary: Reports a fire in Staunton that consumed a frame house and a stone building adjacent to the Virginia Hotel. The hotel was saved by the efforts of the fire department and helpful citizens.
(Names in announcement: Miss Nancy Garber, Mary Pearson)
Congressional Elections
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Summary: Table shows election returns thus far received from the District.
(Names in announcement: Kenton Harper, John Baldwin)
The Confederate War Tax
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Summary: Reports some dismay that the war tax is being collected by the Confederate Government rather than by the State.
Full Text of Article:

There seems to be a general preference, says the Examiner, on the part of the States of the Confederacy to prevent the Confederate tax gatherers from making their appearance among them, when they can save ten per centum upon the whole sum by collecting it under State authority, and paying it into the Confederate treasury. It certainly seems to be more satisfactory that the people should be visited by the tax collectors of but one Government, provided the system of State taxation is not objectionable on the ground of inequality.

It is to be noticed, however, that Congress has not apportioned the sum to be raised among the States without the intervention of Confederate Assessors. In the act of Congress provision is made for the appointment of assessors by the Confederate Government, and the valuation of taxable property in each State. It would seem, therefore, that there is no way of ascertaining the amount which each State is required to pay till this assessment is made.

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Summary: Article reports the transfer of prisoners, mostly Virginia Unionists, to Richmond. The prisoners were taken while holding an election for the Wheeling Government. Among the prisoners were 8 deserters from Confederate camps who were shot and five who had taken the oath of allegiance to the Confederacy but were found with Wheeling voting paraphernalia.
The Cause of Disunion
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Summary: Article blames Northern greed for disunion.
Virginia Prisoners
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Summary: Item reports that 108 Southern men imprisoned at Fort La Fayette have been moved to Fort Warren, among them 13 Virginians.
Socks for Soldiers
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Summary: Additions to the list of donations.
(Names in announcement: Rev. William Campbell, Mrs. H.M. Moffett, Mrs. Kittie Crist, Mrs. Jacob Baylor, Mrs. Mary Cale)
A Noble Example
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Summary: Lauds the actions of Gov. Brown of Mississippi, who voluntered as a private when the war started. He refused a request that he leave the army and become a senator because he said that he hoped to "illustrate, by example, the heartfelt sincerity with which I had for many years urged our people to strike for equality in the Union or independence out of it." He exemplifies the loyalty of former Unionists to the Confederacy.
Origin of Article: Raleigh Standard/Richmond Whig
Trailer: Richmond Whig
A Skirmish with the Traitors of Tennessee
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Summary: Item reports a skirmish between Virginians and Tennessee Union men on the Watauga River near Bristol.
The Hostages for the Privateersmen
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Summary: Reports that prisoners of war of high rank were drawn by lot to act as hostages for the trial of Confederate privateers in New York. If the privateers are executed for treason rather than treated as prisoners of war, the hostages will be killed in retaliation.
Telegraphic Items
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Summary: Dispatches report Union activity in east Tennessee among the native Unionists, as well as other news items from around the country.
Recognition of the Southern Confederacy
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Summary: Outlines the importance of recognition by foreign powers.
From East Tennessee
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Summary: Item reports the burning of railroad bridges by Union men in east Tennessee.
[No Title]
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Summary: Asserts that Southerners in Paris are out of money and have no way to pay their keep. Some have been thrown into debtors prison and others have been forced to take jobs.
Tribute of Respect
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Summary: Resolutions adopted by the West Augusta Guard on the death of Patrick O'Donnel.
(Names in announcement: Capt. J.H. Waters, Patrick O'Donnel, Jacob Steinbuck, Lieut. Thomas Burke, Charles Swope, J.J. Bledsoe)
Virginia Congressmen Elected
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Summary: Table lists Virginia Congressmen elected.
(Names in announcement: John Baldwin)
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Summary: Item lists donations to the General Hospital, Staunton.
(Names in announcement: Mrs. C. Francisco, Mrs. Hugh Guthrie, Mrs. Patterson, Mrs. McFarland, Mrs. Capt. Henderson, Mr. P.O. Palmer, Mrs. Powers, Mrs. A.L. Turke, Mrs. Bumgardner, Mrs. John Brooks)
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Summary: William Lamb married Elizabeth Karicofe on November 14 at the Wesleyan Female Institute.
(Names in announcement: William Lamb, Elizabeth Catharine Karicofe, Rev. William Baird)
(Column 7)
Summary: Ad offers reward for capture of deserter Samuel Lambert.
(Names in announcement: Samuel Lambert, Capt. Doyle, M.G. Harman)
To Absent Artillerymen
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Summary: Ad asks those artillerymen who were in Staunton on sick leave to return to their units unless excused by the doctor or they will be arrested for desertion.
(Names in announcement: J.D. Imboden, Dr. Waddell)

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Description of Page: Advertisements

Office of the Confederate States, War Tax For Virginia
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Summary: Item lists those appointed as Tax Collectors.
(Names in announcement: J. Baylor, A.B. Cochran, R.W. Burke)