Staunton Spectator: December 9, 1862Go To Page : 1 | 2 |
Description of Page: Advertisements and notices, columns 1 and 2; proclamation by the governor, column 3; public sales, columns 4 and 5; estray notices, column 6; war news from Wilmington, North Carolina, column 7
For the Spectator
(Column 7)Summary: Reprints a memorial in honor of Colonel W. S. H. Baylor and other officers connected with the 5th Virginia Infantry.For the Spectator
(Names in announcement: Colonel W. S. H. Baylor)
(Column 7)Summary: Prints a letter whose author asks how salt received by Augusta County is to be distributed and why some families have yet to receive their allotment. The writer also asks whether, for purposes of distribution, livestock are to be counted as "inhabitants."
Full Text of Article:
Mr. Editor:--We, the people, have been informed by the members of the Court of Augusta county that the said Court had bought, through their agent, Mr. Davis, 12,000 bushels of salt for equal distribution among all the citizens giving to each individual 20 lbs. Now we, as tax-payers, and good and loyal citizens of the Confederacy, want to know, nay, we have a right to know, how the salt received, and being received has, and is being distributed, and why so many families have not been able to get a pound, and we also wish to know, whether or not, the horses, cattle, sheep, &c., of the sub agents of Mr. Davis were counted as inhabitants. Will our court, the guardians of the people, please inform the public.
Trailer: IndependentFor the Spectator
(Column 7)Summary: Colonel expresses his thanks to Mrs. William Campbell and daughters and to Mrs. Robert Cowan for the donations of clothing and blankets they have made to his men.
(Names in announcement: Mrs. William Campbell, Mrs. Robert Cowan, Colonel Imboden)Trailer: J. D. Imboden, Col. Comd'g.
Description of Page: Reports of news from the war, columns 1-5; list of letters at the Staunton post office, column 6; advertisements and notices, columns 6 and 7
(Column 1)Summary: Speaks disdainfully of the address Lincoln recently made to Congress in which he proposed a Constitutional amendment that would end slavery by January of 1900. The Spectator comments that this amendment shows that Lincoln has no confidence in the effectiveness of his emancipation proclamation.[No Title]
(Column 1)Summary: Requests that the Soldiers' Aid Societies return socks intended for Confederate soldiers to the Quartermaster's office at the post office. The socks are to be sent with fifteen boxes of other articles of clothing the following Wednesday.The People and the War
(Column 2)Summary: Congratulates citizens of the Confederacy for their dedication to their nation and the sacrifices they have made to sustain it. Also extols the bravery of Confederate troops, labeling them "the best in the world."Views of a British Statesman
(Column 2)Summary: Excerpts the speech of a member of the British parliament who sympathizes with the Confederate cause and denounces the North as harboring a spirit of "downright barbarism and brutality."The War Cannot Last Long
(Column 3)Summary: Expresses the belief that the North will soon realize that winning the war and keeping the South would not financially be worth continuing to fight. The longer the war lasts, the article predicts, the better chance the South has of winning it.
Full Text of Article:Abolition Outrage in Hamilton, North Carolina
The people of the North are begining [sic] to feel that the war, if not soon closed with success on their part, will not be a "paying job." As soon as this conviction shall become more general in that benighted part of the world, they will begin to take steps for a cessation of active hostilities. They have already expended more money in the prosecution of the war than all the property of the South, exclusive of slaves, is worth. If they do not succeed in the present campaign they will be forced, for the want of means, in the classic language of Lincoln, to "guv it up."
With the Richmond Examiner, we trust and believe that defeats are in store for them even more signal than any they have ever yet suffered; but, be this as it may, we have only to keep in good heart, make a stout resistance wherever they present themselves, and hold on to the bitter end. Mere time is a sword of destruction in our hands; every week they lose being equivalent to a new victory on our side. We may have a dark and gloomy winter, but if true to ourselves we cannot fail of success. The second six hundred thousand troops will be destroyed more easily and more rapidly than the first; and it is not probable that a third will ever be recruited. The war may nominally linger for a long time to come; but we can virtually end it within sixty days. No success of the enemy can bring them nearer their object. Mere failure of success on their part must conclude the war.
(Column 3)Summary: Reports that the "Abolitionists" burned forty-two houses in a raid on Hamilton, North Carolina, vandalized churches, and robbed the Masonic Hall.Important to Officers and Soldiers
(Column 3)Summary: Reports that a recent general order from General Cooper commands all officers and soldiers absent from their posts to return immediately or face sanction.Tory Outrage in North Carolina
(Column 3)Summary: Reports that a band of Unionists from east Tennessee broke into a jail in Waynesville, North Carolina, and let a unionist free.
Origin of Article: Raleigh JournalHowe Y. Peyton
(Column 4)Summary: Introduces Howe Y. Peyton as a candidate for the seat in the House of Delegates being abdicated by William Tate. Relates Peyton's qualifications and endorses his candidacy for the office.Successor to William M. Tate, Esq.
(Names in announcement: Howe Y. Peyton, John Howe Peyton, William M. Tate, Mr. Sheffey)
(Column 4)Summary: Letter endorses J. Givens Fulton to replace Tate in the House of Delegates.
(Names in announcement: J. Givens Fulton, William M. Tate)Trailer: Many VotersThe End Net Yet
(Column 4)Summary: Argues that there is no hope for peace on the horizon, in light of the stepping up of preparations for war that the Union government has recently been putting into effect.
Origin of Article: Mobile Evening NewsEditorial Comment: "An intelligent writer in the Mobile "Evening News," who scans the horizon in search of some sign of peace, gives the following reasons for concluding that we have nothing to expect but war, and that unrelenting and more gigantic than we have yet had to confront:"
Full Text of Article:The Yankee Character
1. The call by the abolitionists for a second army of 600,000 men.
2. Their building of a larger Navy and a larger number of iron-clad boats, for operation against forts in harbors and upon rivers, and for the general purpose of destroying our coast and river banks.
3. Their systematic fortification of all prominent cities and strategic points now occupied on our soil, for permanent possession.
4. Their massing of troops at different points to be permanently held as bases of operations against the Confederate States.
5. Their avowed intention of conquering every seaboard city and blockading up all access to the sea, and fitting out expeditions for the same.
6. The inhuman and iniquitous proclamation of President Lincoln, looking towards the utter destruction of our country.
7. The support tendered him by the Governors of he thirteen States in this proclamation, and in the prosecution of the war.
8. The unity of the people of the North on the war. The Democratic party is coming into power again, but that party declares it will prosecute the war to our certain and entire subjugation and the restoration of the Union.
(Column 4)Summary: Speculates that "providence" has brought on the war in order that Southerners would realize the "abhorrence of these living representatives of all the vices"--the Yankees. Argues that a violent separation between the sections was necessary in order to "open our eyes to the monsters with whom we had been associated."
Full Text of Article:Committee of Ladies for District No. 1
When the developments, now being made, of Yankee character, come to be duly appreciated by the world, they will be held by impartial history, to be the vilest race on the face of the earth. They are without the one redeeming virtue of which the Roman Historian speaks. Possessed of all the views, which distinguish the Chinese, they have the additional one of pretending to virtues which they do not possess. Bigotted [sic] and intolerant, rapacious and stingy, fraudulent and roguish, boastful and cowardly, ostentatious and vulgar, envious and spiteful--they are an exaggerated embodiment of all the vices of the Puritan and Blackleg. What particular cause, or combination of causes, conspired to produce this odious population, it is not our purpose now to inquire. But great as may be the calamity of war, we cannot resist the conviction, that it is an inappreciable blessing, and will so continue, until every Southern bosom is filled with detestation and loathing for this abominable race. To hate vice is the first step to virtue; and it may be that Providence, in its mysterious, but wise and beneficent ways, may have chosen to subject us to the ordeal of a disastrous war, in order to infuse into all our hearts a becoming abhorrence of these living representatives of all the vices. Had we continued in political connexion with them, we, too, in the lapse of time, must inevitably have fallen into the same deplorable state of moral degradation. A quiet and peaceful separation--continuing commercial and social relations--would not have been sufficient to save us. The rupture must be attended with violence and bloodshed, and pillage and devastation, to open our eyes to the monsters with whom we had been associated.--The God of Heaven, who, in former times, employed Satan to do his will, did not perhaps, deem Seward an unfit successor of the elder Mephistophiles, and prompted him to draw the sword, that the separation might be thorough and final, and ensure the cause of freedom and virtue throughout the world.--Rich. Whig.
(Column 5)Summary: Lists the ladies of District 1 of Augusta County who have been designated by the Magistrates as official solicitors of money and clothing for the soldiers.Announcements
(Names in announcement: Miss Josephine Brown, Mrs. William H. Peyton, Mrs. John Kelly, Mrs. James C. Marquis, Mrs. Richard Summerson, Mrs. William Ast, Miss Bettie Crawford, Mrs. Robert Harasberger, Mrs. James Cochran, Mrs. Lee Waddell, Mrs. Cameron Francisco, Miss Fannie Baylor, Mrs. Thorton Berry, Miss Mattie Bell, Miss Mary Smith, Miss Hudson)
(Column 5)Summary: Howe Peyton accepts the nomination by "a number of friends" to run for House of Delegates.Announcements
(Names in announcement: Howe Peyton)
(Column 5)Summary: Captain Abney announces his candidacy for the House of Delegates.Married
(Names in announcement: Capt. William Abney)
(Column 5)Summary: Frederick C. Ott and Harrietta Layman were married on November 27.Married
(Names in announcement: Mr. Frederick C. Ott, Miss Harrietta C. Layman)
(Column 5)Summary: Benjamin F. Houff and Mary S. Halderman were married on November 27, at the same time as Frederick Ott and Harrietta Layman.Died
(Names in announcement: Mr. Benjamin F. Houff, Miss Mary S. Halderman)
(Column 5)Summary: Sallie Morris, aged 62 years, died in Staunton on November 29. She was the wife of O. C. Morris.Died
(Names in announcement: Sallie Morris, O.C. Morris)
(Column 5)Summary: George Imboden, aged 6 years, died of diphtheria on December 3. He was the son of Colonel J. D. and Eliza Imboden.Died
(Names in announcement: George W. Imboden, Colonel J. D. Imboden, Eliza Imboden)
(Column 5)Summary: Mollie Moore, aged 18 years, died on December 2 at the residence of her brother-in-law J. N. Woodward. She was the wife of John H. Woodward and granddaughter of the late Samuel Shepherd of Richmond.Died
(Names in announcement: Mollie Moore, J. N. Woodward, John H. Woodward)
(Column 5)Summary: Sidney Odelia Points, aged 3 years, died of diphtheria on November 20. She was the daughter of James W. and Odelia S. Points.Died
(Names in announcement: Sidney Odelia Points, James Points, Odelia Points)
(Column 5)Summary: Lieutenant Charles W. Grills, aged 19, died on October 3 at his residence near Mint Spring.Died
(Names in announcement: Lieutenant Charles W. Grills)
(Column 5)Summary: Elizabeth Craig, aged 73, died at Craigsville in Augusta County on October 28. She was the widow of Samuel Craig.
(Names in announcement: Mrs. Elizabeth Craig, Mr. Samuel Craig)