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Waynesboro Village Record: February 13, 1863

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Truths About Rebel Leaders
(Column 3)
Summary: Though a Democrat, the author of the piece rails against treasonous Southerners and refutes the notion that they have "great integrity" and a "chivalric sense of honor."
Origin of Article: Chester County Democrat
Editorial Comment: "The editor of the Chester County Democrat, himself an old Democrat, thus writes from Washington:"
Loyalty of Kentucky
(Column 3)
Summary: A copy of the resolution offered in the Kentucky Legislature on Jan. 26th. The decree declares the state's "unwavering" "devotion and attachment" to the federal government.
Singular Incident
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Summary: A sentimental account of a conversation that occurred between a Union soldier and Confederate soldier during a brief interlude from the fighting at the Battle of Fredericksburg. Over the course of the interaction, the soldiers discovered that they shared a strange bond, one that extends beyond the fact that they have fought in the same battles.
Full Text of Article:

Our correspondent T., writing from the Ninth Army Corps, apposite Fredericksburg narrates the following, which occurred on Christmas day, while the writer was out on picket with his company:

After partaking of a Christmas dinner of salt junk and hard tack, our attention was attracted by a rebel picket who hailed us from the opposite side of the river:

"I say, Yank, if a fellow goes over there will you let him come back again?,"

Receiving an affirmative answer, he proceeded to test the truth of it by paddling himself across the river. He was decidedly the cleanest specimen of a rebel I had seen. In answer to a question, he said he belonged to the Georgia Legion. One of the boys remarked, "I met quite a number of your boys at South Mountain." "Yes, I suppose so--if you were there," said the rebel, while his face grew very sad. "We left very many of our boys there. My brother, poor Will, was killed there. It was a hot place for a while, and we had to leave it in a hurry." "That's so, Georgia, your fellows fought well there, and had all the advantage, but the old Keystone boys were pressing you hard. By the way I have a likeness here (taking it out of his pocket) that I picked up on the battle field the next morning and I have carried it ever since." He handed it to the rebel, who, on looking at it, pressed it to his lips, exclaiming "my mother! my mother!" He exhibited considerable emotion at the recovery of the picture, but on regaining his composure, he said, that his brother had it in his possession, and must have lost it in the fight.

He then asked the name of the one to whom he was indebted for the lost likeness of his mother, remarking "There may be better times soon, and we may know each other better." He had taken from his pocket a small pocket bible in which to write the address, when Alex---, who had taken no part in the conversation, fairly yelled, "I know that book! I lost it at Bull Run!" Thar's whar I got it, Mr. Yank," said the rebel--and he handed it to Alex. "I am much obliged to you, Georgia Legion, for I wouldn't part with it for all the Southern Confederacy." I was a little curious to know something further of the book, so I asked Alex to let me see it. He passed it to me. I opened it, and on the fly leaf saw written in a neat lady's hand: "My Christmas Gift to Alex---, Dec 25th, 1860. Ella." "Well, Alex," said I, "it is not often one has the same gift presented to him a second time." "True, Captain; and if I could but see the giver of that to-day, there's but one other gift that I would want."--"What's that, Alex?" "This rebellion played out, and my discharge in my pocket."

The boys had all been busily talking to our rebel friend, who, seeing a horseman approaching in the direction of his post, bid us a hasty good-bye, and made as quick a trip as possible across the Rappahannock. Night came on, and those not on duty lay down on the frozen ground, to dream of other Christmas nights, when we knew not war.

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The Small Pox
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Summary: Announces that the outbreak of small pox in Waynesboro appears to be subsiding.
Lieutenant Colonel
(Column 1)
Summary: The piece relates that Capt. Pyfer, of Lancaster, has been appointed Lieutenant Col. of the Pennsylvania 77th Regiment.
Origin of Article: Lancaster Examiner
Mr. Stephen's Bill
(Column 1)
Summary: It is reported that Mr. Stephen's bill to raise 150,000 black soldiers passed the House on Monday by a count of 83 to 55. At Mr. Casey's urging, the bill contained an amendment exempting Maryland, Kentucky, Tennessee, Delaware, Missouri, and Western Virginia from the provisions of the bill. It also forbade black officers from commanding white soldiers.
Deserved Promotion
(Column 1)
Summary: The article proudly notes that Sergt. Thomas Myers, of Co. K, 107th Regiment Pa. Vol., has been promoted to First Lieutenant and commissioned by Gov. Curtin. Myers participated in "several severe engagements" prior to the Battle of Fredericksburg, where he was severely wounded. Myers is recovering quickly and is expected to return to duty soon.
(Names in announcement: Sergt. Thomas Myers)
Origin of Article: Dispatch
Fourteen Battles
(Column 1)
Summary: An addendum to the notice of Sergt. Patrick Curran's death. Curran had an illustrious career as a soldier, participating in at least fourteen battles, before falling at Fredericksburg. Lauding Curran's actions on the battlefield, the piece asserts that the Union would have long since vanquished the South if all Union troops had the "same heroic, unselfish patriotism" that Curran and his outfit, the Irish Brigade, possessed.
Origin of Article: Dispatch
Defense of Rev. I. J. Stine
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Summary: Correspondence from Capt. William J. Palmer exonerating Rev. I. J. Stine from the rumors that he betrayed Palmer into "Rebel captivity."
Full Text of Article:

Defense of Rev. I. J. Stine.--Our readers doubtless remember an article published in our paper, some time since, announcing the arrest and imprisonment of the Rev. I. J. STINE, on the charge of betraying Captain PALMER, of the Anderson Troop, into Rebel captivity, while acting as a scout for him. We are pleased to learn, however, it is incorrect, and that since the return of Captain P. from rebeldom, he has written to Mr. Stine a letter in which he not only establishes his innocence of the charges preferred against him, but also compliments him for important and useful services rendered our Army during the week of the Rebel so-journ in Maryland. Below we publish a letter from Mr. Stine, and also the one written by Captain Palmer to him:--

Shippensburg, Pa, Feb. 5.

Editor, Village Record:--The following letter which I have received from Capt. Palmer since his return from "Dixie," will explain itself.

The story of my betrayal of him is known, as also the facts of my arrest and imprisonment on that charge with two others annexed.

You will oblige by publishing this very important testimony to my fidelity to Capt. P. I am preparing a defense in full, which I will send you next week.

If I have suffered wrongfully, the satisfaction of having been useful in the service of my country, even for one brief but auspicious week, has been something to me. The wreck of rebel rule in Maryland and the rout of the invader has marked an epoch in my life, as in the history of the "great Rebellion." I am satisfied. "All's well that ends well," I have also had a personal interview with Capt. P., very pleasant and satisfactory indeed.

Very Respectfully,

I. J. Stine.

Germantown, Jan. 28th, 1863.

Rev. I. J. Stine, Shippensburg, Pa.

Dear Sir:--I take the earliest opportunity, after my return from Rebeldom, to write to you.

Nothing, during my confinement in Confederate prisons, caused me more regret than the report that you had been arrested and imprisoned on charge of having betrayed me into Rebel captivity; and take much pleasure in saying that there never existed the slightest foundation in fact, for the charge referred to. The services you rendered our Army, at the time of the invasion of Pennsylvania, were of the most important and useful character, and in my opinion, there is not a more loyal man in the State than yourself.

Allow me to add, that for the disinterestedness you manifested during your imprisonment, and since your release on parole, in not mentioning any of the particulars connected with my capture, preferring rather to suffer awhile longer under the imputation of being guilty, in the hope of my return, than to imperil my safety by attracting further attention to my case--you have my profound gratitude.

I have written to the Secretary of War, requesting him to discharge you from parole.

You are at liberty to use this in any way you see fit for the vindication of your character.

Yours Truly,
WM. J. Palmer,
Captain Commanding
Anderson Troop.

The Altar
(Column 5)
Summary: On Jan. 30th, John Horn and Elizabeth Benedict, daughter of Samuel Benedict, were married by Rev. J. F. Oiler.
(Names in announcement: John Horn, Elizabeth Benedict, Samuel Benedict, Rev. J. F. Oiler)
The Altar
(Column 5)
Summary: On Feb. 5th, Jacob Dahoof, Frederick county, Md., and Ann Gonder were married by Rev. J. F. Oiler.
(Names in announcement: Jacob Dahoof, Ann Gonder, Rev. J. F. Oiler)
The Tomb
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Summary: On Jan. 28th, Catharine Hellane, 58, died in Quincy township.
(Names in announcement: Catharine Hellane)
The Tomb
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Summary: On Feb. 10th, Rachael V., daughter of Henry C. and Mary Allen, died in Waynesboro. She was 8 years old.
(Names in announcement: Rachael V. Allen, Henry C. Allen, Mary Allen)

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