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Staunton Spectator: May 24, 1864

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Description of Page: Classified ads, columns 1-4, illegible page, column 7

A Record of VA. Forces
(Column 5)
Summary: Asks members of Virginia regiments to help the government in compiling a list of all men who served Virginia in the war.
Trailer: Jos. Jackson, Jr. Rec. Va. Forces
Discipline of the Young
(Column 5)
Summary: Tells parents that setting a good example for children is the best way of educating them about proper behavior.
Drying Vegetables
(Column 5)
Summary: Explains how summer fruits and vegetables can be preserved by drying.
To Veterans of the Confederate Army
(Column 6)
Summary: Magnolia Weekly editor calls on readers to submit essays and sketches of war incidents and developments to be included in a Southern record of the war.
Trailer: Capt. George Chase
How Grant Made His Men Fight
(Column 6)
Summary: Prints copy of an order from the Army of the Potomac that threatens to shoot any soldier who refuses to continue their duty on the grounds that their term of service has expired.
Editorial Comment: "The following order shows the demoralization of Grant's army."
Trailer: S. Williams, Assistant Adjutant General
Popping the Question
(Column 6)
Summary: Prints fictional dialogue of a man struggling to ask his beloved to marry him.
Military Execution
(Column 6)
Summary: Tells about the execution of a deserter from Rockingham in order to warn others to avoid his fate.
Origin of Article: Rockingham Register
Official Despatches
(Column 7)
Summary: Prints three dispatches from officers in Spotsylvania, Demopolis, and Charleston that all report the forced retreat of the enemy by Confederate troops.
Congratulatory Order of Gen. Lee
(Column 7)
Summary: Announces series of successes achieved by the Confederate army in Virginia.
Trailer: R. E. Lee, General
Gen. Dick Taylor's Congratulatory Address to His Troops
(Column 7)
Summary: Congratulates the Army of Western Louisiana for a victory in Mansfield on April 8, 1864.
Trailer: R. Taylor, Maj. Gen.

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Description of Page: Classified ads and previously published election announcements, columns 6-7

News from the Armies
(Column 1)
Summary: Reports latest news from the field, including a foiled attempt by Grant's army to charge Confederate lines of entrenchment.
[No Title]
(Column 1)
Summary: Notes that a telegram from General Joseph F. Johnston reports that Yankee assaults on his troops' position were repulsed.
Battle near Drewry's Bluff
(Column 2)
Summary: Reports on the successful defense of Drewry's Bluff, in Southside Virginia, during which 1,1100 Yankee prisoners were reportedly taken.
The Battle Near New Market
(Column 2)
Summary: Describes the recent victory at New Market as one of the "most brilliant victories of the war."
The Operations in West Virginia
(Column 3)
Summary: Tells about the Colonel William Jackson's defeat of the enemy around Gap Mountain, West Virginia.
The Virginia Reserves
(Column 3)
Summary: Takes note of recent orders by Brigadier Gen. James L. Kemper that requires all members of the Virginia Reserves to assemble and prepare for duty.
Uniform for Gen. Lee
(Column 3)
Summary: Reports that General Lee apparently received a uniform that was made in Baltimore.
The Spirit of the Boys
(Column 4)
Summary: Explains why boys have become more enthusiastic recently about enlisting in the Confederate army.
Full Text of Article:

We are credibly informed that within the past three months not less than thirty boys, between the ages of sixteen and eighteen, have come out from Winchester, and are now not boys, but fighting men in the ranks of our army. The impulse to this movement received additional strength from the appearance of a negro regiment which occupied the town some weeks ago, the greater portion having joined the army since that time. Such indignation and disgust seized the community, that, not only the boys, but the children, were roused and only wanted years and strength to have placed themselves by the side of their brothers only a few days older. These boys are now fighting as willing and ardent soldiers to reclaim their homes and firesides, outraged and desecrated by the presence of such a foe. May they reap such success as their courage and manliness deserve. This, no doubt, is more or less the case throughout the border wherever these black regiments have made their appearance. Verily, our enemies have served us many a good turn since the commencement of this war. From the generous acts of Mr. Banks, our Commissary General, who has strewn his favors with a lavish hand all over Virginia and Louisiana, to the negro proclamations of Mr. Lincoln, we derive no other feelings than those of the most unalloyed satisfaction. In this connection, an incident worthy of record may be mentioned. Towards the latter part of April, a young man, about seventeen years of age, by the name of Jones, son of Edward Jones, of Winchester, came out and enrolled himself in the cavalry company of Capt. Adams, then stationed in the vicinity of Woodstock. He told his Captain that he had no horse, but thought he would be able to obtain one in a few days, and returning to Winchester, awaited his opportunity. On the Thursday, April 28th, after the rout of the enemy's cavalry from Cedar Creek to Winchester by Capt. Davis, a force of 300 Yankee cavalry passed thro' Winchester up the Valley Turnpike for the avowed purpose, smarting as they were under the rout of the previous Sunday, of wiping out the rebels in that section of country. Some time after their departure from the town, one of them returned and halted his horse on Main Street, nearly opposite the house occupied by the father of young Jones. Presently Jones emerged in Confederate uniform and walking across the street directly towards the Yankee, when at a proper distance, accosted him, and demanded his surrender. The Yankee made no reply but moved his hand towards his pistol, which motion Jones perceiving, instantly fired, the ball passing through the left breast of his antagonist. The Yankee fell gently from his horse, and in falling, begged his assailant not to fire again, that he surrendered; whereupon Jones, mounting the horse, ordered him to hand him his sabre and pistols, which he did. Jones then, in double-quick, left town by a by-road, and when our informant passed through Woodstock on the following day, he was safe, fully armed and equipped, and handsomely mounted a fighting private in the company of Capt. Adams. We have no doubt he will do the Confederate States good service until our rights are secured, and his own home rescued from the Lands of these vandal invaders. Many similar instances might be mentioned to show the spirit and daring with which the mere boys of the country have espoused her just and righteous cause. The behavior of the Corps of Cadets, in the late fight near New Market, under Gen. Breckinridge, which, according to his statement, was beyond all praise, is an instance in point. All honor to the youth of our country who everywhere have shown themselves worthy of revolutionary sires.

Generous Contributions, Soldiers Feasted
(Column 4)
Summary: Praises Augusta County residents who have provided food and supplies to soldiers.
Stonewall Brigade
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Summary: Forwards message from an injured General Walker to members of the Stonewall Brigade that congratulates the soldiers on their bravery in recent weeks.
(Names in announcement: Lt. Col. Williams, Genl. Walker, D. C. CookA. A. G.)
Trailer: Lt. Col. Williams
Casualties in Company I, 5th VA. Infantry, From May 4th to the 13th
(Column 5)
Summary: Lists 5th Virginia soldiers wounded on May 5 at Locust Grove: Sergt. Henry Miller, Corporal William G. Dudley, Franklin Alexander (prisoner), John G. Hall, William H. Harman, Jacob A. Harnesberger, George W. Harman, Joseph P. Shoemake, Janar Stitson, J. A. Whitmore, and Jacob Wicle. Wounded on May 12: W. T. Kiracote (flesh wound in leg). Those missing as of May 12: Sergt. Thos. C. Stringer, David H. Amarin, John H. Anaren, Noel B. Blakemore, John W. Branusman, Walter W. Buchanan, Josiah A. Carson, Isaac Cock, Samuel H. Eavy, James H. Fauver, James H. Harman, Samuel Lambert, John E. Phillips, Jacob Stitzer, Jonas Stitzer, Jacob Silling, Samuel Wiseman, William H. H. Kiracote, George Baker, and Sergt. Major Sibert (once a member of the company). Notes that 339 men are left in the Stonewall Brigade.
(Names in announcement: Sergt. Henry Miller, Corporal William G. Dudley, Franklin Alexanderprisoner, John G. Hall, William H. Harman, Jacob A. Harnesberger, George W. Harman, Joseph P. Shoemake, Janar Stitson, J. A. Whitmore, Jacob Wicle, W. T. Kiracofe, Sergt. Thos. C. Stringer, David H. Amarin, John H. Anaren, Noel B. Blakemore, John W. Branusman, Walter W. Buchanan, Josiah A. Carson, Isaac Cook, Samuel H. Eavy, James H. Fauver, James H. Harman, Samuel Lambert, John E. Phillips, Jacob Stitzer, Jonas Stitzer, Jacob Silling, Samuel Wiseman, William H. H. Kiracote, George Baker, Sergt. Major J. J. Sibert)
Butler's Headquarters Captured
(Column 5)
Summary: Reports that Confederates captured the headquarters of General Butler, but missed Butler himself since he had already fled to his other headquarters on the James River.
Origin of Article: [Richmond] Examiner
(Column 6)
Summary: Urges support for Lieuts. Paul and Ryan in the next election. Notes that these two have sacrificed much for the sake of the Confederacy.
(Names in announcement: Lieut. Paul, Lieut. Ryan)
Trailer: Augusta
A Card
(Column 6)
Summary: Kinney assures readers that despite suffering from rheumatism, he would still be strong enough to perform the duties of court clerk.
(Names in announcement: Jefferson Kinney)
Trailer: Jefferson Kinney
[No Title]
(Column 6)
Summary: Urges support for David Henkle for magistrate of Greenville district.
(Names in announcement: David Henkle)
Trailer: Many Voters
[No Title]
(Column 6)
Summary: Declares his candidacy for constable in the Waynesboro district.
(Names in announcement: Jas. W. Craig)
Trailer: Jas. W. Craig
(Column 6)
Summary: On May 19 in Staunton, Rev. Mr. Dice married T. S. Thornburg and Kate H. Shafer.
(Names in announcement: Rev. Mr. Dice, Mr. T. S. Thornburg, Miss Kate H. Shafer)
(Column 6)
Summary: On May 12 in Bath Alum, Rev. Joseph Bixie married Michael Maloney and Mary Caroline Cawley.
(Names in announcement: Rev. Joseph Bixie, Mr. Michael Malony, Miss Mary Caroline Cawley)
(Column 6)
Summary: Corporal Cicero Bare died on May 12 at age 29, of a severe wound to the shoulder received while skirmishing with the Lee Rifles.
(Names in announcement: Corporal Cicero Bare, John Bare)
(Column 6)
Summary: Jonathan B. Hague died on May 17 at the age of 43.
(Names in announcement: Jonathan B. Hague)
Fresh Blockade Goods
(Column 6)
Summary: Announces the availability of clothing, fabric, tobacco, and other goods that were recently brought in from England on the Steamer Advance.