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Staunton Spectator: May 17, 1864

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Description of Page: Classified ads and previously published court reports, columns 1-3; poetry and illegible articles, column 7

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Summary: Announces candidacy of Thomas S. Coalter for commissioner of revenue in the 1st district.
(Names in announcement: Thomas S. Coalter)
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Summary: Announces support for candidacy of Chesley Kinney for magistrate in the Mt. Solon district.
(Names in announcement: Chesley Kinney)
Trailer: Many Voters
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Summary: Announces candidacy of J. Sidney Moffett for justice of the peace in Greenville district.
(Names in announcement: J. Sidney Moffett)
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Summary: Announces candidacy of Major Thomas Aude for magistrate in the Waynesboro district.
(Names in announcement: Major Thomas Aude)
Trailer: Many Voters
Confederate States Congress
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Summary: Provides summary of the proceedings of the Confederate House and Senate, including a bill that would aid any state in communicating with its troops.
The Christian Spirit Illustrated in War
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Summary: Argues that the true military spirit is a Christian spirit, and it is illustrated by the selfless bravery of Lee and Jackson.
The Battles at Dublin and New River
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Summary: Describes the battle near Wilderness and suggests that unfavorable reports about the actions of Confederate soldiers should be ignored.
Origin of Article: Daily Republican
Trailer: F. J. C.
The Demonstration of the Tennessee Railroad
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Summary: Reports that the machine shops of the Virginia & Tennessee Railroad were destroyed by enemy fire during recent skirmishing.
Origin of Article: Lynchburg Republican
Hoisting of the Flag over Jackson's Grave
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Summary: Notes that ex-Governor Letcher spoke during ceremonies honoring the first anniversary of Jackson's death.
Origin of Article: Lexington Gazette
Price's Victory
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Summary: Reports that Confederate troops in Mississippi captured more Yankee prisoners than have ever been taken before at one time, save for Harper's Ferry.
Origin of Article: Despatch
Self Respect Essential to Command
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Summary: Argues that the best soldiers are those with self respect.

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Description of Page: Classified ads, column 7

The Battle Between Lee and Grant
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Summary: States that during recent fighting in Spotsylvania County, the South had 2,000 men fall wounded or dead, while the Yankees lost 20,000. Notes that 926 soldiers of the Stonewall Brigade are missing after the fighting, while 30 officers in the brigade were killed, wounded, or reported as missing. Also among the wounded are Colonel James H. Skinner of the 52nd Regiment, who lost an eye, Lt. Stephen Kinney, who was shot in the face, Capt. Jno. Byers, and Stibling Trout.
(Names in announcement: Col. James H. Skinner, Lt. Stephen Kinney, Jno. Byers, Stribling Trout)
Full Text of Article:

We noticed last week the battles of Thursday and Friday, the first two days of conflict between the armies of LEE and GRANT. On Saturday following there was no battle, only some skirmishing. On the next day, Sunday, there was very hard fighting, and we were successful in repelling the assaults of the enemy. On Monday there was also some fighting. On Tuesday the battle was of a severer character than any which had preceded it. We repulsed the enemy with very great loss. Our loss was not small, but that of the enemy greatly more. On Wednesday there was no regular battle, but some active skirmishing, which was kept up even throughout Wednesday night. On Thursday, the 12th, the battle was terrific, and raged with fierceness from daylight throughout the day--the death struggle lasting ten hours.

On Thursday morning at day light, the enemy, having massed forces in front of Johnston's Division, made a most vigorous assault upon Jones' Brigade, and for a while our line was broken. They pressed our breastworks, gaining possession of several pieces of artillery, and capturing a number of prisoners.

Forces, however, were quickly sent to the relief of those thus engaged, and the enemy was driven back.

About 10 o'clock the enemy made most vigorous & repeated assaults upon Fields' Division, but were driven back with great slaughter.

At 2 P. M. the enemy made a most desperate fight in Ewell's front, but all accounts concur that we drove them back and punished them with great slaughter.

The musketry was the heaviest of the war.

The battle extended along our whole lines and was fought by the Yankees with more vim and bravery than in any other fight in Virginia.

Our men, after a temporary repose, in front of Johnston's division, successfully resisted every onset of the enemy, who repeatedly assaulted our lines with troops massed in as many as ten columns.

Our boys stood to their work manfully, piling the enemy's dead thickly before our breastworks.

The lowest estimate of the enemy's loss in the battle Thursday is 20,000. These figures are corrob[o]rated by a Yankee Colonel who was wounded and taken prisoner.

Our loss on Thursday in killed and wounded is estimated at 2000.

Since the battle of Thursday there has been no fighting, except artillery firing, that we have heard of to this time [Monday.] We suppose that Grant made his most vigorous effort on Thursday last, and, failing to dislodge Lee, will now find it necessary to postpone his trip to Richmond, and will be compelled to search a better route, if such can be found. We suppose he will find the back track towards Washington the only safe route for him and his army. Though the enemy had a superiority of numbers, we repulsed them in every conflict. There has been fighting for several days on the South side of Richmond. There was a general engagement near Drewry's Bluff on Sunday. The loss heavy on both sides, but much heavier on the part of the enemy than on our side. The enemy were repulsed. If we drive off this column, we are safe. All the others have failed.

In the Stonewall Brigade there are 926 missing. But 349 men left in this Brigade. There are 30 officers in the Brigade, killed, wounded and missing.

James H. Skinner, Colonel of the 52nd Va. Regiment, who lost an eye in the battle of Thursday, and Lt. Stephen Kinney of this place, who was shot in the battle, [illegible] more on Sunday evening last, [illegible]. Capt. Jno. Byers of the 52d Brigade was wounded in the battle Thursday, though not seriously. He [illegible] yesterday evening. He was short [sic] in the foot. Stribling Trout, of this place, was slightly wounded.

Supplies for the Wounded
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Summary: Calls on readers to donate surplus food to the wounded soldiers.
Battle and Victory Near New Market
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Summary: Reports that Confederate troops successfully drove back the Union army at New Market and in the process took ninety-fiveYankees prisoner.
Full Text of Article:

On Friday evening last, the forces under command of Genl. Imboden had a skirmish with the advance guard of Siegel's forces at new Market [sic], in Shenandoah county, in which the enemy were driven back and a part of them captured, together with a number of horses. Ninety-five Yankees and two negroes (prisoners) arrived here on yesterday evening. At that time Gen. Breckenridge was on the march from this place, on his way to reinforce Genl. Imboden. He arrived in time on Saturday to form his line of battle about a mile South of New Market, and near the boundary line between the counties of Rockingham and Shenandoah--the position taken being in the county of Shenandoah. The enemy fell back and the battle was fought on the northside of N. Market. On Sunday, the Dutch General, "mit all dat fites mit Siegel," offered battle and after a severe engagement were defeated, with the loss of a good many killed, wounded, and prisoners, and five pieces of artillery. They were pursued as far as the bridge across the North Shenandoah, near Mt. Jackson, which the enemy partially destroyed and thus stopped, for the time, the pursuit, as the river was too full to ford. The force of the enemy consisted of 5060 infantry, 2000 cavalry and four batteries of artillery. The strength of our force, it may not be prudent to state at this time, but it was sufficient to defeat and rout Siegel and all "dat fites mit him."

Our loss was considerable, though up to this time (Monday evening) we have been unable to learn the extent of it. We have heard that the 62nd Regiment of Imboden's command lost 7 captains killed and wounded. We have learned the names of none of these captains except that of Capt. Currence, who was killed.

The Cadets of the Virginia Military Institute participated gallantly and efficiently in this battle. Their loss is reported 6 killed and 39 wounded.

We have received the names only of the following:

Killed. W.H. Cabell, --- Jones, Chas. Crocket, McDowell, Stanard, Randolph.

Badly Wounded. Garnet, Whitson, J. A. Stuart, Shriver and Capt. Hill.

Slightly Wounded. Chas. W. Turner, J. Wise, Johnston, Dillard, Berkeley Triplett, Marshall, Watson, and H. C. Reed.

Jno. A. Stuart, and Chas. W. Turner, are from our town and neighborhood. The other Cadets from this place, Alex. H. H. Stuart, jr., Carrington Taylor, Win. Crawford and Carter Harrison, we are pleased to learn were not hurt.

P. S. Since the above was in type we learn that we captured one hundred prisoners exclusive of the wounded, and that the enemy left 138 of their dead on the field, which would indicate a loss of not less that [sic] six or 700.

The casualties in the Captains of the 62nd Regiment alluded to above are as follows:

Killed. Captain Currence.

Wounded. Captains Chipley, Bastable, Hill, Holt, Smith, and Woodson.

Kindness to the Wounded
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Summary: Lists the names of women who have been active in supplying wounded soldiers with food and other comforts.
(Names in announcement: Mrs. Jno. McChesney, Mrs. D. C. Arehart, Mrs. A. A. Sproul, Mrs. Jos. Martin, Mrs. A. Arehart, Mrs. W. Zimmerman, Mrs. D. F. Gobbmor, Mrs. H. Shultz, Mrs. Jas. Berry, Jacob Bosserman, Mrs. Jno. McKemy, Mrs. Robert Moffitt, Miss A. Martin, Mrs. Robert Cowan)
Staunton Artillery
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Summary: Provides names of Staunton Artillery members who were wounded in last Thursday's battle. Notes that James T. Burns was the only one killed.
(Names in announcement: Sergt. Jno. Bryan, Capt. A. W. Garber, James T. Burns, Sergt. Jno. Butler, Corpl. Benjamin Pforr, W. C. Smith, Peter Good, Jno. Stirewalt, Christian Huffman, Henry Woods, Peter Proctor, Benjamin Ford)
Our Losses in Northern Virginia
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Summary: Estimates Confederate losses in recent fighting at 4,500 killed and suggests the Yankees lost 30,000.
Grant's Great Plans
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Summary: Applauds the Confederacy's success in thwarting Grant's advance toward Richmond.
Maj. Genl. J. E. B. Stuart Killed
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Summary: Describes funeral procession for J. E. B. Stuart.
The Fighting Renewed On Tuesday
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Summary: Gives a narration of the events surrounding the battle in Spotsylvania.
Full Text of Article:

BATTLE FIELD, NEAR SPOTTSYLVANIA C. H., via LOUISA C. H., May 11.--There was heavy cannonading all day yesterday.

About 12 o'clock yesterday the enemy having got possession of a road leading to the main road to Louisa, C. H., with a large force, Heth's division was sent to drive them off, which was accomplished with slight loss to us. Our troops drove to the enemy back some three or four miles, and out of their lines of breastworks, capturing one piece of artillery, one caison and some 115 prisoners.

Among those wounded on our side was Brigadier Gen. Wm. H. Walker, of Virginia, whose foot had to be amputated.

Between 12 o'clock and nightfall the enemy made repeated assaults upon Fields' division, but was handsomely repulsed in every instance by our line of skirmishers, Fields' line of battle never finding it necessary to engage them, Fields' loss was very trifling.

Very near dusk the enemy made a vigorous and determined assault on Rodes' line of Battle, driving Daniel's and Dole's line of battle from their breastworks and capturing six pieces of our artillery--Johnston's North Carolina, Walker's Stonewall Virginia, and Gordon's Georgia brigade, however, quickly came to their assistance, driving the enemy back and recapturing our artillery.

The enemy's loss is said to be very heavy, especially in Fields' and Rodes' front.

The enemy are certainly fighting with great desperation and nerve.

Sedgewick is certainly killed, and it is reported that Warren and Stevens are also killed.

On other parts of the line yesterday there was nothing but heavy skirmishing.

Gen. Hays, of Louisiana, was wounded in the leg yesterday, not dangerously.

Fredericksburg was occupied by the enemy, Sunday night. The enemy have three pontoons over the Rappahonock. The town is said to be filled with Yankee wounded, the number being estimated as high as 15,000.

The enemy's loss thus far is believed to be fully 30,000 some have it 40,000.

Stuart's cavalry have been unceasingly fighting and pressing the enemy, and have done excellent service.

Our position is very strong. Grant has issued orders congratulating his troops on their success, telling them that Petersburg is in Yankee hands, and urging them to fight hard.

Our troops, thought wearied, are in good fighting plight, and confident of final success.

The enemy in their rapid raid around our lines captured a few of Ewell's ordnance wagons, and recaptured some of their prisoners on their way in Richmond.

Up to noon to-day no general engagement has taken place. There has been some skirmishing and occasional discharges of artillery, on our right.

Wounded in Hospital
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Summary: Lists names of wounded soldiers in the General Hospital in Staunton. From the 5th Virginia Regiment: B. F. Whitmore, face injury, Sergt. G. W. Grim, thigh injury, both from Company A; W. H. Bowers, shoulder injury, Company C; W. H. McClellan, arm injury, Company D; A. Campbell, breast injury, Company E; William Edwards, back injury, Company H; J. P. Shumate, Company I; James Carpenter, fever, Company K; J. W. Cline, thigh injury, Lt. R. E. Trenary, thigh injury, both from Company L.
(Names in announcement: B. F. Whitmore, Lt. R. E. Trenary, Sergt. G. W. Grim, J. P. Shumate, William Edwards, W. H. Bowers, James Carpenter, W. H. McClellan, J. W. Cline, A. Campbell)
Fifth Va. Infantry
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Summary: Lists the following names of 5th Virginia soldiers injured, killed, or missing in the May 5-6 and 11-12 fighting at Wilderness and Spotsylvania. For May 5-6: In Company A under Lieut. Funk: George W. Polmer was killed. Wounded: Sergt. George W. Grim (flesh wound in the thigh), Sergt. J. A. McCray (arm--slightly), B. F. Whitmore (in face severely), George W. Noakes, W. F. Way (chin and shoulder), C. C. Boggs (in hand slightly), and N. T. Johnson. In Company C under Capt. Trevey: Sergt. Thomas J. Reeves was killed, Henry L. Hemrick was wounded in the foot, and John Beard is missing. In Company D under Lt. Wright, no one was killed. Wounded: Sergt. B. F. Hupp (arm, slight contusion), William A. Wright (in elbow slightly), J. P. Smiley (hand severely). In Company E under Captain Dempster, no one was killed. Wounded: Sergt. J. W. Hays (elbow slightly), Corpl. D. A. Greaver (foot), Corpl. Jas. W. B. Trotter (thigh), W. G. Abney (ear slightly), William Bowers (back severe), R. J. Campbell (thigh broken), A. B. Campbell (chest serious), M. J. Campbell (shoulder slightly), and George W. Fitch (head slightly). Missing are: Sergt. James W. Vines, William Layton, and George H. Kelley. In Company F under Capt. Wilson, no one was killed. Wounded: Captain Peter E. Wilson (in both legs, severe), Jacob H. Spitler (in leg slightly), and John W. Stover. In Company G under Captain Hall, no one was killed. Wounded: Capt. W. T. Hall (bowels severely), Sergt. D. W. Shott (in hand), Corporal John Weaver (shoulder severe), Edward Wheeler (neck severe), A. O. Powell (in foot slightly), and Jonas J. Greaver (in hand). In Company H under Capt. Gibson, Thomas Kelley was killed. Wounded: William H. Edwards (back severely), George Gillespie (shoulder slightly), and James Walker (leg slightly). In Company I under Capt. Curtis, no one was killed. Wounded: Sergt. Henry Miller (neck severe), Corporal W. G. Dudley (thigh broken), J. P. Shumate (leg severe), Jonas Stitzer (shoulder severe), Jno. O. Hall (face slightly), Jacob Wychael (thigh, flesh wound), W. Harman (leg, flesh wound), George Harman (leg, flesh wound), John A. Whitmore (severe in groin), J. A. Harnsberger (hand), and Frank Alexander (breast (missing)). In Company L under Lt. Trenary: Sergt. James M. Doom, Harman Hague, and J. W. Barnes were killed. Wounded: Lieut. R. E. Trenary (thigh, flesh wound), Corporal W. S. Grove (in arm), A. C. Fry (hand, flesh wound), Frank M. Wood (shoulder slightly), and John W. Cline (leg). G. P. Sherer is listed as missing. Casualties listed for May 11-12: Company L: Preston Baskins (chest mortally). Company C: Alex Dinkle (thigh, flesh wound). Company D: Vernon Bartley (fracture of radius). Company E: J. H. Hite (head, flesh wound). Company F: Henry E. Cook (throat slight). Company K: ---- Schwarts (skull fractured, serious). Deaths: Company L: Harman A. Hague (thigh, May 5), J. W. Barnes (bowels, May 7), and Sergt. James M. Doom. Company G: Captain William T. Hall (abdomen, May 8). Company A: G. W. Palmer (May 5). Company E: William Laytos (May 5). Company M: Thomas Kelley (May 5). Company C: Sergt T. J. Reeves (May 6). Company D: Cyrus Lotts (May 10). Company F: -----Robbins. Company G: Lieut. Thompson (died on way to hospital). Latest casualties: Company E: Henry Hite (shoulder). Company A: Lt. Pritchard (hip, slightly). Company K: Benjamin Jenkins (side, flesh wound), L. Shipe (neck slight), George W. Coalte (hip). Company H: Henry McCauslin (back). Company L: James Bryan (head, slight). Company C: Lieut. Newman (arm, flesh wound). Brig. Gen. Walker was also severely wounded in the arm and had to have his elbow joint reconnected. It is also believed that Major General Johnson is a prisoner.
(Names in announcement: C. S. M. SeeChaplain, Charles S. ArnaltAdjutant, Lieut. Funk, George W. Polmer, Sergt. George W. Grim, Sergt. J. A. McCray, B. F. Whitmore, George W. Noakes, W. F. Way, C. C. Boggs, N. T. Johnson, Capt. Trevey, Sergt. Thomas J. Reeves, Henry L. Humrick, John Beard, Lt. Wright, Sergt. B. F. Hupp, William A. Wright, J. P. Smiley, Captain Dempster, Sergt. J. W. Hays, Corpl. D. A. Greaver, James W. B. Trotter, W. G. Abney, William Bowers, R. J. Campbell, A. B. Campbell, J. J. Campbell, George W. Fitch, Sergt. James W. Vines, William Layton, George H. Kelley, Capt. Wilson, Captain Peter E. Wilson, Jacob H. Spitler, John W. Stover, Captain Hall, Capt. W. T. Hall, Sergt. D. W. Shott, Corporal John Weaver, Edward Wheeler, A. O. Powell, Jonas J. Greaver, Capt. Gibson, Thomas Kelley, William H. Edwards, George Gillespie, James Walker, Capt. Curtis, Sergt. Henry Miller, Corporal W. G. Dudley, J. P. Shumate, Jonas Stitzer, Jno. O. Hall, Jacob Wychael, W. Harman, George Harman, John A. Whitmore, J. A. Harnsberger, Frank Alexander, Lt. Trenary, Sergt. James M. Doom, Harman Hague, J. W. Barnes, Lieut. R. E. Trenary, W. S. Grove, A. C. Fry, Frank M. Wood, John W. Cline, G. P. Sherer, David E. Strasburg, Preston Baskins, Alex Dinkie, Vernon Bartley, J. H. Hite, Henry E. Cook, Schwarts, G. W> Palmer, William Laytos, Cyrus Lotts, Robbins, Lieut. Thompson, Lt. Pritchard, Benjamin Jenkins, Henry McCauslin, L. Shipe, George W. Coalte, James Bryan, Lieut. Newman, Brig. Gen. Walker, Colonel Terry, Major General Johnson)
Brig. Gen. Jenkins
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Summary: Praises the bravery of Brig. Gen. Jenkins, who was killed accidentally by Confederate fire.
Origin of Article: Petersburg Express
Casualties in the 52d Va. Regiment, Up to May 7th in the Battles Near Locust Dale, Between the Armies of Lee and Grant
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Summary: Prints the following names of 52d Virginia soldiers who were wounded or killed in the fighting of May 5-6 and 10-12. For May 5-6: Company A, Wounded: Capt. R. C. Davis (in head), and Privates Soloman Taylor (in thigh), A. J. Baylor (thigh), and J. H. Adams (in hand). Company B, Killed: Lieut William H. Burns, Lieut. G. W. Moore, and Private Samuel H. Hall. Wounded: Private Lewis Phillips (in hip slightly). Company C: none killed or wounded. Company D, Wounded: Private Matthias Fox (in arm). Company E, Wounded: Privates Benjamin F. Moore (hip), Charles P. Simpson (in head), and Joseph H. Lawhorn (in face). Company F, Killed: Lieut. Adam H. Crawn. Wounded: 1st Sergt. John H. Stover (in bowels), Corporal S. D. Elliot (in hip), and Privates G. H. Craun (in head), G. W. Allen (in head), and W. E. Vanfossen (in leg). Company G, Wounded: Capt. E. Bateman (arm). Missing: Private G. R. Hanger (supposed to be a prisoner). Company H, Killed: Private George W. Webb. Wounded: Private John Smith (in head). Company I, Wounded: Privates William T. Holbert (breast and arm), and John J. Henser (thigh). Company K, Wounded: Privates Walker Sprouse (in head), and D. Liptrap (in leg). For May 10-12: Col. J. A. Skinner (left eye, severe). Company E, Wounded: William L. Hoge (left arm and lung, grave), Jos. Lamb (left thigh, flesh), Capt. S. W. Paxton, (right shoulder, flesh severe), and John P. Wiseman (right leg, flesh. Killed: George Tinsley. Company G, Wounded: George H. Beake (left leg, severe), Corpl. J. McCraw (left eye, severe), Lt. Joseph Fry (left arm, slight), and Corpl. A. Thornton (left arm-pit, severe). Missing: J. Talley, G. R. Hanger. Company F: D. F. Snell (right arm, severe), Sergt. C. M. Walker (face, slight). Missing: William J. Cupp. Company C, Wounded: James Croft (left lung, severe), Lt. C. L. Waller (left leg near knee severe), Lieut. J. S. Coiner (main artery of leg, cut, died), Capt. J. S. Byers (left foot severe), Maj. Genl. J. F. Parish (left thigh severe), James Vint (finger lost), G. W. Swink (leg, flesh). Missing: James Tisdale. Company I, Wounded: J. W. Lambert (left thigh, flesh), P. H. Almarode (slight flesh). Missing: Alex Reed. Company A, Wounded: Lt. R. S. Kinney (face, severe), Samuel Johns (left arm, slight). Company D, Wounded: Capt. A. Airhart (right thigh severe), Sergt. J. W. Marshal (left thigh severe), J. F. Daggy (skull fractured, grave). Missing: Sam Shull. Company H, Wounded: W. H. Matheny (left leg severe). Missing: Amos Troxell. Company B, Wounded: Sergt. J. D. Gardner (left shoulder severe), S. G. McDonaldson (arm amputated), Lt. Jno. D. Summers (hand), R. M. Lipscomb (right leg, flesh). Company K, Wounded: Capt. W. R. Gillet (right hand, flesh).
(Names in announcement: Capt. R. C. Davis, Private Solomon Taylor, Private A. J. Baylor, Private J. H. Adams, Lieut. William H. Burns, Lieut. G. W. Moore, Private Samuel H. Hall, Private Lewis Phillips, Private Matthias Fox, Private Benjamin F. Moore, Private Charles P. Simpson, Private Joseph H. Lawhorn, Lieut. Adam H. Crawn, 1st Sergt. John H. Stover, Corporal S. D. Elliot, Private G. H. Craun, Private G. W. Allen, W. E. Vanfossen, Capt. E. Bateman, Private G. R. Hanger, Private George W. Webb, Private John Smith, Private William T. Holbert, Private John L. Henser, Private Walker Sprouse, D. Liptrap, Col. J. H. Skinner, R. S. KinneyA. Adjt., Col. J. A. Skinner, William L. Hoge, George H. Beaks, Corpl. J. McCraw, Jos. Lamb, D. F. Snell, James Croft, Lt. R. S. Kinney, Lt. Joseph Fry, Lt. C. L. Weller, Corpl. A. Thornton, Capt. A. Airhart, Sergt. J. W. Marshal, J. F. Daggy, Lieut. J. S. Coiner, S. W. Coiner, W. H. Matheny, Capt. S. W. Paxton, Capt. J. S. Byers, Sergt. Maj. J. F. Parish, Sergt. J. D. Gardner, S. G. McDonaldson, Lt. Jno. D. Summers, James Vint, Capt. W. R. Gillet, R. M. Lipscomb, G. W. Swink, P. H. Almarode, Capt. Jno. M. Humphries, R. O. Waskey, John P. Wiseman, C. M. Walker, Samuel Johns, James Tisdale, Sam Shull, Amos Troxell, J. Talley, G. R. Hanger, William J. Cupp, Alex Reed, S. J. Harris, Jessie L. Harris, George Tinsley)
Interesting Letter
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Summary: Prints letter written on May 10 by a soldier in Northern Virginia. Gives account of the "gallant" maneuvers of the Stonewall Brigade.
Full Text of Article:

We have been furnished with the following interesting letter, written by an intelligent gentleman who was a witness of the scenes he describes:

Camp Near Spottsylvania.
5 A. M., Wednesday, May 10, 1864.

My Dear---: We have now been a week on the war-path, fighting more or less, daily. I have not had time to write before. We repulsed all the attacks of the enemy on our left on Saturday, and pressed them closely. We buried on that day 1800 Yankees, in front of our corps alone and left fully 900 unburied. The enemy moved on down the river that night and we followed and kept along their flank on Sunday, skirmishing as we went. Rosser and the rest of the cavalry fighting their advance with desperate valor--losing many killed and wounded.

Gen. Early was put in command of Hill's corps, as Hill was sick, Anderson of Longstreets, he being wounded. The lines marched not more than 1 to 1 1/2 miles apart. Our cavalry fought back the advance of the enemy at Spottsylvania C. H., but had to yield. They wished to pass that way by the Brook road, but just then Anderson's advance got there and received them from behind some breastworks the cavalry had thrown up and gave them a decided repulse, driving them back and holding them there. The 2d corps followed the 1st and the 3rd brought up the rear and had a brush with the enemy in passing. We took up a line on the South Side of the Ny river, our right being 3-4 of a mile East of Spottsylvania C. H., and 1-2 mile in front, then carving Northward and Westward, but nearly parallel to the Rappahannock river, the enemy being across the Ny and enclosing a segment of a circle, their left being below Fredericksburg and their right near Chancellorsville, there was skirmishing and maneuvering for position and fortyfying on Monday. Tuesday the enemy attacked our lines, first in one place, then in another, massing divisions to do it, but we repulsed them in every instance until late in the day. They advanced three divisions quietly up a hill, our breastworks being down on the other slope a short distance, and then came rushing over the hill and carried it by assault, before we could fire more than 2 rounds, capturing our artillery there. They ran over Dole's and part of Daniels' and the "Stonewall" Brigades. But their triumph was short, for the rest of the Stonewall and Battle's brigades turned on them in gallant style and drove them back in rout, re-capturing our artillery. The enemy came on again but was served in the same way. They made as many as eight desperate charges on some parts of our lines and must have suffered great losses as they were repulsed at all points.

In the P. M., Gen. Early gave them a "Jackson flank," to meet their right, carried 3 lines of entrenchments and drove them then nearly 2 miles, capturing a good many, &c., & c.

We remain in the same position to-day--i.e. with Early advanced on the enemy's right and I suppose we shall renew the fight to-day.

Col. Higginbotham of the 25th was killed and I think Col. Brokner of the 44th. We have great cause for thankfulness at our great success against such enormous masses. The enemy had 15,000 wounded in Fredericksburg day before yesterday.

Yours truly,
J. H.

Trailer: J. H.
Movements of the Raiders on Richmond and on the Danville Railroad
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Summary: Reports that enemy troops wrecked considerable damage on the Richmond and Petersburg Railroad. The article notes that Confederate forces successfully prevented a similar attack on the Danville Railroad.
The Fort Pillow Affair
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Summary: Notes that the U. S. Senate is beginning to investigate the alleged massacre of blacks at Fort Pillow.
[No Title]
(Column 7)
Summary: Urges Capt. Clinton G. Miller to declare his candidacy for magistrate in the Waynesboro district.
(Names in announcement: Capt. Clinton G. Miller)
Trailer: Many Voters
[No Title]
(Column 7)
Summary: Offers support to David S. Bell for his candidacy for magistrate in the Waynesboro district.
(Names in announcement: Col. David S. Bell)
Trailer: Many Voters
(Column 7)
Summary: On May 10, Rev. William S. Baird married Alexander A. Wallace and Rebecca A. Grove.
(Names in announcement: Rev. William S. Baird, Alexander A. Wallace, Rebecca A. Grove)
To the Patriotic Citizens of Augusta
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Summary: Forwards a dispatch from General Lee that requests citizens to sell their corn to the government.
Trailer: H. M. Bell, Major & Q. M.
$50 Reward
(Column 7)
Summary: Offers $50 reward for the return of Isaac, a slave who ran away from Estaline Furnace on April 23, 1864.
(Names in announcement: Isaac , Richard Cotton)