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Waynesboro Village Record: February 06, 1863

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A Choice Bit
(Column 2)
Summary: Employing the family as a metaphor to describe the relationship between the states and the nation, Grimke delivers a homily on the responsibilities and virtues of citizenship.
Editorial Comment: "The following is part of an oration delivered recently in South Carolina by Thomas Grimke. It is a beautiful extract, and we commend it to the attention our readers:"
Refugee Georgians
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Summary: A report that "nine gentlemen" from Whitfield County, Georgia, arrived in Louisville after fleeing from "Rebel oppression." According to their accounts, a "state of terror" reins in the region; absolute support for the Confederacy and its war aims is expected and required of all who live there. Additionally oppressive, they say, is the economic situation which continues to deteriorate under the weight of hyper-inflation.
Origin of Article: Louisville Journal
Full Text of Article:

Nine gentlemen, all residents of Whitfield county, North Georgia, arrived in this city last evening, having fled from Rebel oppression. They crossed the Tennessee river at a point near the mouth of the Hiawassee, and from thence crossed the mountains into Kentucky. They gave a fearful account of the state of affairs in the South. The reign of terror is complete, and they assure us that it is worth as much as a man's life to withhold his sympathies from the rebellion. The actual necessities of life are beyond the reach of families in ordinary circumstances, as the bill of current prices will indicate. These gentlemen inform us that pork is selling in Northern Georgia at 30 cents per lb., salt at $1.75 per lb., corn at $2 to $3 per bushel, wheat at $6 per bushel, sugar at 75 cents per lb., shoes at $10 per pair, and boots at $75, eggs at $1 per dozen, chickens at $1 each, and other articles in proportion. The scarcity of salt is so great that many persons make use of the dirt in their smoke-houses which has been saturated with salt, extracting the saline matter from it, wherewith to cure their meat. There is also great suffering in the Rebel army, and the Augusta Chronicle asserted recently that a body of two thousand six hundred troops marched into Richmond without shoes. Commissions have been appointed in some districts to take an account of the amount of corn and other produce in the possession of the residents, who are not permitted in any case to hold more than is necessary for their subsistence until the next crop shall have matured, and if a family should be found tinctured with loyalty to the Federal Government, all their means of subsistence is seized and confiscated. These refugees, in their flight from rebel oppression, travelled in the by-ways night and day, sometimes paying guides as much as thirty dollars for their services for a single night.

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158th Pennsylvania Infantry
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Summary: It is reported that the 158th Pa. Regiment has been sent to Newbern, N. C.
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Summary: Sam D. Hoover, formerly a resident of Waynesboro, died on the second day of the Battle of Murfreesboro.
(Names in announcement: Sam D. Hoover)
Origin of Article: Westminister Sentinel
Home Again
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Summary: Lieut. John E. Walker, member of the 77th Regiment, P. V., returned to Waynesboro after suffering a wound to his knee during the Battle of Murfreesboro. Walker, who joined the army at the outbreak of the conflict, participated in Shiloh, Corinth, and a number of other battles prior to his injury.
(Names in announcement: Lieut. John E. Walker)
(Column 1)
Summary: Having finished his furlough, Lieut. M. W. French returned to his regiment last Saturday, relates the article. Prior to his leave of absence, French participated in the Battle of Antietam, where he served bravely, garnering a promotion for his actions.
(Names in announcement: Lieut. M. W. French)
Small Pox
(Column 1)
Summary: A notice to readers, assuring them that they need not fear handling issues of Village Record because members of editor's family have contracted the small pox. The editor, the piece explains, has been absent from the office for over two weeks.
Another Patriot Gone
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Summary: William Stouffer, son of the late Treasurer of Franklin county, John Stouffer, died of Typhoid Fever in Danville, Ky, on Jan. 21st. Stouffer's body was brought to Waynesboro last Saturday and is to be interred in Cedar Grove Cemetery. In the years before the Civil War began, Capt. Stouffer had lived in Mt. Carroll, Ill., where he relocated following his father's death. He was the commander of Company C. 92nd Regiment Illinois Volunteers.
(Names in announcement: Capt. William Stouffer, John Stouffer)
Origin of Article: Transcript
General Burnside offered a Command
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Summary: It is reported that General Burnside has been offered command of a new department, containing the Carolinas. Burnside has thirty days to make his decision.
Rest for the Reserves
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Summary: News has arrived that the Pennsylvania Reserves will finally be relieved from duty and re-stationed to Washington, where they will placed on duty in the fortifications around the capital.
Origin of Article: Harrisburg Telegraph
A Dreadful Accident
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Summary: The article relates the story of two boys who suffered serious injuries while trying to remove the charge from an exploded shell. One boy had to have his leg amputated while the other broke his arm.
Origin of Article: Hagerstown Herald
Soldier Dead
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Summary: Charles W. Frye, son of John Frye, of Upton, and member of Co. K. 126th Regiment, P. V., died in the hospital at Acquia Creek, Va., on the Jan. 23rd. Frye is the second son in his family to die for the Union cause; his brother was killed last September in the Battle of South Mountain.
(Names in announcement: John Frye, Charles W. Frye)
Origin of Article: Pilot
[No Title]
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Summary: It is reported that the members of the Anderson Cavalry who refused to fight in the Battle of Murfreesboro remain confined and it is uncertain what "punishment awaits them." Although Gen. Rosecrans had offered amnesty to all who would return to duty, "the entire 477 bluntly refused."
The Altar
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Summary: On Jan. 27th, William H. Horner and Annie B. Houser were married by Rev. S. McHenry.
(Names in announcement: William H. Horner, Annie B. Houser, Rev. S. McHenry)
The Tomb
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Summary: On Jan. 11th, Catharine Balsley, 70, died in Shady Grove.
(Names in announcement: Catharine Balsley)
The Tomb
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Summary: On Jan. 27th, Salome Dowlin, 27, died in Waynesboro.
(Names in announcement: Salome Dowlin)