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Waynesboro Village Record: January 02, 1863

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Description of Page: Page contains a variety of anecdotal articles and human interest stories.

Austrian Officers Desiring To Enter Into The Service Of The Union
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Summary: A letter from a Dr. Montley, who is in Vienna, in which he explains that, on a daily basis, Austrian officers have inquired about the possibility of coming to America to fight for the Union Army. Because of his status as a diplomat, however, he has been "obliged to decline the service" of these soldiers, who, he laments, "would have done honor" to the Union cause.

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Summary: W. H. Brotherton has returned from his trip to Rappahannock without success, relates the article. Brotherton had ventured there to secure the remains of his brother, George M. D. Brotherton.
(Names in announcement: W. H. Brotherton, George M. D. Brotherton)
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Summary: Reports that a number of "half-grown, half-brained" and "half-secesh" girls have been running around town lately, under the cover of dark, insulting Union citizens.
Sad Accident
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Summary: Last Friday, the daughter of Charles Shrader was severely burned. She died the next day as a result of her injuries. She was 6 years old.
(Names in announcement: Charles Shrader)
Another Old Citizen Gone
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Summary: Dr. Thomas Walker, 69, died at his residence last Friday. Walker, a "prominent physician" for 40 years, sent five sons to the Union Army.
(Names in announcement: Dr. Thomas Walker)
Another Soldier Gone
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Summary: John Tracy, of Co. E 126th Regiment, returned to his home in Leitersburg from Fredericksburg last Friday and died the following day at 1:00. Tracy had been suffering from his wounds for sometime prior his arrival in town, but his sudden death, says the article, came as a surprise.
(Names in announcement: John Tracy)
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Summary: It is reported that Federal troops under Gens. Kelley and Milroy captured Winchester, and intend to hold the town. Additionally, the counties of Jefferson, Berkley, Morgan, and Frederick have once again been placed under the federal authority.
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Summary: The letter gives an account of the Battle of Fredericksburg, during which, Barcle writes, his regiment "suffered terribly," losing 187 officers and privates.
Origin of Article: Fredericksburg (?)
Editorial Comment: "The following is an extract from a letter written by Orderly Sergeant Frederick Barcle, of Co. E, 196th Regiment, to his wife in Quincy township:"
Full Text of Article:

The Fredericksburg [illeg]--The following is an extract from a letter written by Orderly Sergeant, FREDERICK BARCLE, of Co. E, 186th Regiment, to his wife in Quincy township:--

On the 13th of December we crossed over the river about noon, into Fredericksburg, the Rebels shelling us all the time. We marched through town and took our position in a meadow, but the place proved too hot for us. The first shell killed several of Co. A and wounded a number of the same company. We left in double quick and took shelter behind a hill, having one of our batteries in front. At this time the cannonading was awful. About half an hour before night we (Tyler's and Albaugh's Brigades) were ordered to charge the Rebels' rifle pits and battery, which we did in splendid style. We started at double quick, the enemy pouring a shower of shot, shell, canister and grape into our devoted column; but on we went, our gallant Col. Elder leading, until ordered to halt at a board fence, near the enemy's works. Here we had to tear down the fence. The fire of the enemy became hotter and hotter, but we pushed on over the dead and wounded until within 80 yards of the enemy. There they poured a deadly volume of rifle and musket balls among us, when the Colonel ordered us to fall back, as it was folly to attempt a further advance. We retreated to our starting place and formed again in line. In the charge our Colonel was severely wounded, and I regret to add that Sergeant Geo. M. D. Brotherton and Simon P. Rouzer of Co. E were killed. Our Regiment suffered terribly. We lost, officers and privates, killed, wounded and missing, 187, but many of the missing it is probable will yet turn up and join us. Our loss in the brigade was over 900 in that terrible charge. Balls and shells flew in every direction, and we can only thank God that we escaped unhurt. Many were shot through their canteens, caps and coats. During the night we encamped in a graveyard in the town. In the morning the Rebels shelled the town for a couple of hours. On the 15th our Brigade was ordered out on picket, our Regiment doing duty outside and within fifty yards of the rebel pickets. By daybreak we were withdrawn and marched back to Fredericksburg and by daylight re-crossed the river, covering the retreat of the whole corps. There again our escape from destruction was miraculous for the rebels with their batteries might have cut us to pieces.

Three Disastrous Fires
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Summary: On Wednesday and Thursday of last week, says the article, arsonists set two fires in Chambersburg, both of which completely destroyed the buildings that were torched. The first blaze ripped through the Caledonia Springs Company's "massive building" in South Mountain, causing over $20,000 worth of damage. In the second attack, John Sollenberger's Brick Barn was the target of the incendiaries; the fire destroyed 1200 bushels of wheat and 1500 bushels of oats and hay. The third fire occurred last Saturday at the building where the Straw Paper Mill company is located, but it is not believed to be the work of arson. Rather, it has been surmised that a spark from an oven started the fire earlier in the day. The owners of the company, Messrs. Humber and Lambert, suffered a loss of $1500 and, unfortunately, have no insurance.
(Names in announcement: Huber, Lambert)
Origin of Article: Chambersburg Dispatch
The Missouri Legislature
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Summary: It is reported that the Missouri Legislature passed a resolution on December 29th in favor of the President's scheme for compensated emancipation.
Origin of Article: Jefferson City

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