Staunton Spectator: April 12, 1864Go To Page : 1 | 2 |
Description of Page: Ads, poetry, and fiction, columns 1-3; report on the rejuvenated Tennessee army, column 7
A New Value of Sorghum
(Column 4)Summary: Informs readers of the benefits of growing sorghum.
Origin of Article: Lynchburg Virginian"Old Abe"
(Column 4)Summary: Notes that the New York Herald is frustrated with Lincoln and has abandoned him as a "hopeless case."
Origin of Article: New York HeraldSpeech of Mr. Roebuck on the American War--His Opinion of the Yankee Nation
(Column 5)Summary: Prints address given before the British House of Commons that condemns the hypocrisy of the Northern states.Miscegenation--What it Means--Remarkable Confession of a Republican Journal
(Column 6)Summary: Excerpts Northern editorial expressing alarm that the Republican party might go so far as to permit miscegenation.
Origin of Article: New York TimesEditorial Comment: "The Yankees, says the Richmond Examiner are running mad in their love for the negro. Not content with sacrificing one million of lives of their own men in this war for the negro, (as confessed by a New York paper)--not content in receiving them "with marked favour" at the President's receptions--not content with riding in the same car with them--not content in having them as pall-bearers at the funeral of their great public men, (one of the pall-bearers at Owen Lovejoy's funeral was, according to their own accounts, a negro, formerly a slave)--not content with making soldiers of them, and placing them on a political equality--not content with all this, the Republican party, in their wild love for the negro, has inaugurated a new chapter in their creed: "Miscegenation"--a wholesale intermarriage of blacks and whites. This is the last and new phase of abolitionism in the North. It is openly and unblus[h]ingly avowed--preached even from the pulpit! It is the new test of Republican faith. To show how rapidly and alarmingly the infamous and disgusting practice is spreading in the North, we copy a portion of an editorial on the subject from the New York Times. The reader must bear in mind, when reading the article below, that it is the language, not of a "Copperhead" journal, but of a thorough, out and out Republican journal--an open, voluntary confession of a paper that has never faltered in its support and devotion to the principles of that party, and that has done as much in advocacy of the Lincoln administration and the encouragement of this war as any other paper in the whole North. Now that it sees ruin and degradation and a level with the negro staring it in its face, it is forced to confess (and a very humiliating confession it is for a Republican paper) that the only quarter to which the country can now look to be saved is the Democratic party. But let no one fail to read this article--let it be circulated in every Southern paper far and wide--let it be read, if necessary, to our army. If there is a man in the whole South that can read this confession below without firing his heart and causing a feeling of shame that we should ever have lived with such a people, then he must be dead indeed to every sense of honor, pride and virtue."
Full Text of Article:Sugar From Chinese Sugar Cane
[From the New York Times.]
What Are We Coming To?
A rage for marrying black people has lately taken possession of the Republican party. Radicals have carried everything before them, if things go on at their present rate it is feared that, in three months, every white man who is not connected by marriage with a coloured family will be "read out" of the party. The gusto with which the abolitionists go into the insane movement is something at once distinguished and alarming. We shrink from putting on paper the stories which reach us as to the prevalence of this evil. We will only say that there will very soon be hardly a family in the city belonging to the Republican persuasion which will not be glorying in the possession of a negro son-in-law. It is said, we know not with what truth, that the Union Legaue [sic] Club has fitted up a night bell at its door, and keeps a black minister on the premises who marries all couples of different colours at any hour of the day or night. Soon we may expect to hear of duels being fought about some black washer-woman, and crowds of white men thronging the basements of those families who have coloured servants in their houses for the purpose of soliciting the honor (?) of their hands.
It is with great reluctance that we speak out our minds in this matter. But we have no hesitation in saying that if we had at the outset conceived it possible that hostility to slavery would ever have led to wholesale intermarriage with negroes, the Republican party should never have received any countenance or support from this journal. We owe it to ourselves and to posterity to say that the thing has taken us by surprisee [sic]. It never entered our head. We now see and confess our errour [sic] and deplore it.
The question which now naturally suggests itself to every right-minded white man and woman is, where is this thing to end? Whither are we tending? What is to be done to stop this unnatural and detestable movement. For it is as plain as a pikestaff that if it continues there will be soon no whites left in this once great and prosperous country. We shall all be mulattoes, and be afflicted with all the peculiarities, both mental and physical, of that unhappy race. The signs of this great and terrible change already begin to make themselves manifest in our streets; for the most careless observer who walks down Broadway can hardly fail to observe the appearance on a vast number of faces of the well-known brownish tinge. Let that tinge once become general, and then fare-well, a long farewell, to all our whiteness.
There is but one quarter--and we are not ashamed to own it--in which, in our opinion, we can look for either help or comfort at this crisis, and that is to the great, old, truly national Democratic party. It has its faults; nobody has been forced to call attention to them oftener than we; but it has never yet proved false to its race, and we are satisfied that whatever can be done now will be done by it to preserve the purity of our blood.
(Column 6)Summary: Explains process involved in obtaining sugar from Chinese sugar cane.
Origin of Article: Southern Recorder[No Title]
(Column 7)Summary: Members of Company L, 25th Virginia Regiment, send a copy of resolutions they adopted thanking ladies of Augusta County for providing them with provisions and socks.
Trailer: A. G. Hamilton, Pres't., G. A. Helmick, Sect.For the Spectator
(Column 7)Summary: The authors explain why they intend to vote for D. Newton Vanlear for magistrate of Mt. Solon district.
(Names in announcement: D. Newton VanlearEsq.)Trailer: Many VotersFor the Spectator
(Column 7)Summary: Thanks the ladies near Greenville and Brownsburg for their donation of socks.
Trailer: Company G, 25th Virginia RegimentMr. Editor:
(Column 7)Summary: Notes that a recent tribute to deceased members of Company E, 5th Virginia Infantry, failed to note that William F. Echard died a week after being wounded at Gettysburg.
(Names in announcement: William F. Echard)Trailer: J. N. McFarlandExecution of a Deserter
(Column 7)Summary: Reports that William Cook was executed last week for deserting the Confederate army.
Origin of Article: Rockbridge Register
Description of Page: Reports of victories and setbacks in Tennessee, columns 2-3; previously published court and election announcements, columns 6-7
Papers for the Army
(Column 1)Summary: Explains that the Spectator will pay the postage required to ensure that subscribers in the Army of Northern Virginia receive copies of the paper.The Approaching Conflict
(Column 1)Summary: Predicts that a "most terrible encounter" between the North and South is in store for sometime this summer.
Full Text of Article:Appeal for Fredericksburg
In a short time the earth will be made to tremble beneath the shock of armed hosts in hostile and deadly conflict. The armies of the South and North are now girding up their loins for a most terrible encounter. The most crimson page in the book of Time will be written in blood the ensuing Summer. The enemy feel that, if they fail to conquer us in this campaign, the task is hopeless, and that anarchy and irretrievable ruin will be their lot. Therefore it is that they are using every possible exertion to overcome us in this campaign. We should prepare with industry, and resolve to meet their assaults with firmness and determined bravery. We have confidence in the justness of our cause, the exalted bravery of our soldiers, and the fortitude and patriotism of our citizens. It will not be long before these virtues will be subjected to another test of their strength. In the language of the Richmond Examiner, "the sun and winds of April will soon leave the roads dry and hard, inviting the roll of artillery wagon-wheels; the fresh green sward will be firm under the feet of marching brigades; the song of birds upon every spray will upbraid the silence of the charging bugle, and the Favonian zephyrs of spring will softly lift and flutter the folds of the regimental flags. All nature pleads with man to come and do his part, and, seeing battle is the business in hand, cries aloud that now is the day and the hour to put it through. Our long endearing and devoted soldiers would surely move to the fray with even a more fiery and invincible alacrity, if they had good reason to hope that one or two stalwart blows, struck this summer, would close the bitter struggle, and enable the most of them to march to their far off homes through a country wild with joy; through towns and villages illuminated with triumph; welcomed and hailed with patriotic music and "orators of the day"; in a rain of roses flung by whitest hands. Surely a reasonable anticipation of so glorious an autumn would nerve our troops to pass more lightly and gaily through a bloody spring and summer."
(Column 1)Summary: Reports that the citizens of Fredericksburg are in great need of food and supplies.Robbery of a Church
(Column 1)Summary: Informs readers that some "graceless rogue" has robbed Bethel Church of carpet and tapestries.Corporation Election
(Column 2)Summary: Provides results of the town sergeant and councilmen elections, which were held on April 6. The mayor had no opposition and was reelected; William L. Balthis beat R. W. Stevenson for office of Sergeant; and the following were elected councilmen: Wm. G. Sterrett, B. F. Points, Jas. W. Crawford, F. M. Young, A. W. Bruce, John B. Scherer, Wm. B. Kayser, Wm. H. Wilson, Jno. B. Evans, John M. Hardy, and Geo. Baylor. James F. Patterson was elected clerk, while Wm. L. Balthis received the most votes for Chief of Police. F. M. Young's election was later declared void, and D. C. McGiffin elected in his place. Also, John B. Scherer resigned after the election and Wm. H. Tams was elected to fill that vacancy.Half Rations
(Names in announcement: William L. Balthis, R. W. Stevenson, William G. Sterrett, B. F. Points, James W. Crawford, A. W. Bruce, John B. Scherer, William B. Kayser, William H. Wilson, Jno. B. Evans, F. M. Young, John M. Hardy, George Baylor, D. C. McGuffin, James F. Patterson, William H. Tams)
(Column 2)Summary: Explains recent impressment law that will allow families to retain one-half of the meat supply they usually depend on in a given year.Plant Corn, Potatoes, and Other Edibles
(Column 2)Summary: Urges readers to plant early and not to hoard their harvests in the upcoming year.Cultivate the Soil
(Column 2)Summary: Tells readers that not a foot of ground should be wasted when planting crops.Mr. Spitler
(Column 3)Summary: News from Point Lookout, Maryland, informs relatives of the death of David Spitler on March 13 of chronic diarrhea.
(Names in announcement: David Spitler, Mr. Spitler)Trailer: Wm. B. DunlapJustices of the Peace Again
(Column 3)Summary: Reports that the Secretary of War has followed Virginia's lead and approved the exemption of justices of the peace of any age.Mosby Rather Outwitted
(Column 3)Summary: Notes that Colonel Mosby captured a Yankee picket post with four men but was later overtaken by one of the prisoners.
Origin of Article: Richmond WhigThe Reserve Forces
(Column 3)Summary: Reports that the Conscription Bureau will now enroll all men between the ages of 17 and 18, and 45 and 50.
Full Text of Article:[No Title]
By the circular of the Conscription Bureau the commandants of conscripts are ordered forthwith to enroll all persons between the ages of seventeen and eighteen, and forty-five and fifty years of age, allowing them until the first of May to join any company for local defence, formed under the necessary regulations, and liable to service anywhere in the State or to form themselves into voluntary organizations and elect their own officers. Those who do not thus dispose of themselves will be formed into companies, battalions and regiments, under regulations to be prescribed.
(Column 3)Summary: Brief note informs readers that Confederate forces captured 32 prisoners and 29 horses down the Valley without any losses to the South.For the Spectator
(Column 4)Summary: Provides glowing endorsement of Lieut. Joseph N. Ryan for office of circuit court clerk.
(Names in announcement: Lieut. Joseph N. Ryan)Trailer: Many VotersA List of Killed, Wounded, and Deceased in the 52d VA Infantry Regiment
(Column 4)Summary: Provides list of those killed or wounded in Captain E. M. Dabney's Company C, 52d Virginia Infantry, since the company organized in 1861. In the Battle of McDowell, May 8, 1862, William H. Frey and Samuel S. Palmer were killed, and Captain E. M. Dabney, and Privates Granville Loyd and John W. Fauber were wounded. In the Battle of Port Republic, June 9, 1862, George W. Fultz, John H. McManaway, David B. Woomeldoph, and David Lamb were killed, and Lieutenants John S. Byers, Lewis Harman, Samuel B. Brown, Serg't James G. Turk, Corporals John H. Kennedy, Robert G. Byers, and Privates David T. Cale, A. B. Brooks, Jacob S. Croft, Robert W. Demasiers, John G. Knight, John R. Kershner, John R. Snapp, John H. Swink, and P. Smith were wounded. In the Battle of Gaines' Mill, June 27, 1862, Corporal William S. Kerr, and Privates William C. Hemp and George W. Trainer were wounded. In the Battle of Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862, George L. Rusmisell was wounded. In the Battle of Manassas, August 28-30, 1862, Thomas H. Humphrey, A. J. Chandler, Matthew Creel, Samuel Wright, and George W. Trainor were killed. Wounded were Lieut. John S. Byers, and Privates William Alvis, B. F. Bailey, Daniel Huff, A. S. Rife, S. L. Smith, George W. Swink, and William J. Wright. In the Battle of Fredericksburg, December 18, 1862, Captain E. M. Dabney was mortally wounded, and Privates A. B. Brooks and John W. Gibson were wounded. In the Battle of Marye's Heights, May 1-3, 1863, Lieut. Charles L. Weller was wounded, and Private William H. Alvis was killed. In the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1-3, 1863, Josiah F. Bright was killed. Those who have died from disease are: Serg't Granville S. Curry, December 1861, and the following Privates: William J. Dinkle, November 1861, James Humphrey, January 1862, Dabney S. Beach, March 1862, William F. Palmer, May 1862, John H. Swink, June 1863, Samuel J. Byers, August 1863, George H. A. Curry, August 1863, Granville Lloyd, August 1863, and Addison Fisher, 1864.
(Names in announcement: William H. Frey, Samuel S. Palmer, Captain E. M. Dabney, Private Granville Loyd, Private John W. Fauber, George W. Fultz, John H. McManaway, David B. Woomeldoph, David Lamb, Lieut. John S. Byers, Lieut. Lewis Harman, Lieut. Samuel B. Brown, Serg't James G. Turk, Corporal John H. Kennedy, Corporal Robert G. Byers, Private David T. Cale, Private A. B. Brooks, Private Jacob S. Croft, Private Robert W. Demasiers, Private John G. Knight, Private John R. Kershner, Private John R. Snapp, Private John H. Swink, Private P. Smith, Corporal William S. Kerr, Private William C. Hemp, Private George W. Trainer, George L. Rusmisell, Thomas H. Humphrey, A. J. Chandler, Matthew Creel, Samuel H. Wright, Private William Alvis, Private B. F. Bailey, Private Daniel Huff, Private A. S. Rife, Private S. L. Smith, Private George W. Swink, William J. Wright, Private John W. Gibson, Lieut. Charles L. Weller, Josiah F. Bright, Serg't Granville S. Curry, Private William J. Dinkle, Private James Humphrey, Private Dabney S. Beach, Private William F. Palmer, Private Samuel J. Byers, Private George H. A. Curry, Private Granville Lloyd, Private Addison Fisher)Trailer: G. S. R., Written at Summerville FordWanted
(Column 4)Summary: Two members of Company F, 5th Virginia Regiment, seek young ladies interested in opening correspondence, with the possibility of matrimony to follow.
(Names in announcement: Charlie Marshall, Ned Lilly)Full Text of Article:Married
Charlie Marshall and Ned Lilly, members of Co. F, 5th Virginia Regiment, "Stonewall Brigade," Army of Northern Virginia, are desirous of opening a correspondence with some young Ladies, with a view to matrimony.
Best reference can be given as to character, both as citizens and soldiers. Any ladies desirous of opening such a correspondence, will please address us as above.
(Column 5)Summary: Bishop J. J. Glossbrenner married George C. Hanger of the 14th Virginia Cavalry and S. Kate Shuey, daughter of Rev. George A. Shuey, on December 22, 1863.Married
(Names in announcement: Rev. George A. Shuey, Bishop J. J. Glossbrenner, George C. Hanger, Miss S. Kate Shuey)
(Column 5)Summary: Professor William B. Vonce married Lieut. H. H. Hanger and Cornelia Dove, daughter of Bishop Glossbrenner, on April 7.Tribute of Respect
(Names in announcement: Professor William B. Vonce, Lieut. H. H. HangerC. S. A., Miss Cornelia Dove, Bishop Glossbrenner)
(Column 5)Summary: Members of the Union church pay their respects to John D. Brown, who died March 11.
(Names in announcement: R. C. Walker, Mr. John D. Brown)Trailer: R. C. Walker, Moderator