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Waynesboro Village Record: June 12, 1863

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The Clergy and Slavery
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Summary: Close to 2,000 clergymen in France and England have united to condemn the "Slave Aristocracy," says the article. The religious leaders assert that the Confederacy, based as it is on slavery, "is at war with Christianity." In fact, proclaims the piece, outside of the South, with the exception of northern copperheads, this sentiment "is the view of the Christian world."
Copperhead Logic
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Summary: According to the article, it is quite easy to determine the motives underlying copperheads' support for the Confederacy: naked self-interest. Proponents of the southern cause in New York advocate "peace at any cost" because they "lost the Southern trade" as a consequence of the war. Similarly, supporters of the rebel cause in Illinois are spurred primarily by the drop in the price of corn occasioned by the onset of the conflict. These malcontents, the article declares, would rather "break up the nation" than sacrifice their own personal economic interests.

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The Address
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Summary: Gen. Stumbaugh, of Chambersburg, spoke at the Union League meeting last Monday where he was greeted with an "enthusiastic" reception. The subject of his speech was a "history of the Rebellion," from its commencement to the present.
"CopperHead" Sheet
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Summary: The article notes the appearance of a new copperhead journal in Philadelphia, the Age. The new publication expresses sentiments so treasonable, says the piece, that a man would have to be a "bold, bonified traitor" to endorse such opinions.
For Clerk of the Courts
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Summary: It is reported that local Union men have convinced W. H. Brotherton to run for clerk of the Courts, a decision praised by the editors of the Village Record.
(Names in announcement: W. H. Brotherton)
Newspaper Change
(Column 1)
Summary: A. K. McClure has purchased the Repository and Transcript and the Dispatch, and plans to merge the two newspapers together. McClure and H. S. Stoner will join forces to pursue the new enterprise.
(Names in announcement: A. K. McClure, H. S. Stoner)
A Patriot
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Summary: Ridicules the Valley Spirit for describing Vallandigham as a "Patriot," and asserts that the local Democratic organ would no doubt label Jeff Davis the same.
Death of a Soldier
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Summary: Jeremiah Shockey, member of Co. I 106th Reg. Illinois Volunteers, died at Boliver, Ky, on May 24th. Shockey, a former resident of Waynesboro, was 32 years old.
(Names in announcement: Jeremiah Shockey)
Copperhead Love of Free Speech
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Summary: To highlight the copperheads' hypocrisy regarding free speech, the piece relates the story of a elderly gentleman who was heckled and ultimately dragged from the stage at a copperhead meeting in New York because he asserted that South Carolina started the war.
Editorial Comment: "On Monday evening of last week, the Copperheads of New York city, held a meeting to denounce the arrest of Vallandigham and to assert the right of free speech. An old gentlemen was introduced on the platform, who said:"
The Coming Draft
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Summary: Dispels the rumor circulating that drafted men will not have to serve longer than 9 months from the date of enlistment. According to the 11th section of the Enrollment Act, the article declares, all men conscripted into the military shall remain in the service during the war, but not longer than three years.
Important About the Prospective Draft
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Summary: The Provost Marshall will begin conscripting soldiers immediately, though he will not call on nine-months men for the first draft. Those men who fall into that category and opt to volunteer, it is said, will be paid a large bounty.
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Summary: Since being admitted to the military, reports the article, black soldiers have received considerable praise for their actions thus far. Black troops are grouped as follows: under Gen. Thomas, 11,000; under Gen. Banks, 3,000; in Kansas, 1,000; in South Carolina, 3,000; in North Carolina, 3,000; under Gen. Rosecrans, 5,000; under Gen. Schofield, 2,000; Massachusetts regiments, 1,200; District of Columbia, 800. The total number of black soldiers is 30,000; there are also 5,000 black men in the navy.
Western Correspondence
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Summary: A booster, and former resident of Pennsylvania, writes glowingly about his new home in Illinois, though he does concede that all is not perfect. There is a divide among the state's populace over the Civil War: in the northern section of the state, he contends, the people are "more intelligent than in the Southern portion" where there is a far greater number of copperheads.
Trailer: "Keystone"
The Storming of Port Hudson--Our Losses One Thousand--Heroism of the Negroes
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Summary: According to Gen. Banks report, black soldiers performed "heroical[ly]" during the attack on Port Hudson, which, he noted, was a severe test of their abilities and bravery.
Full Text of Article:

The Storming of Port Hudson--Our Losses One Thousand--Heroism of the Negroes.

WASHINGTON, June 9.--General Hanks, in his official report, dated before Port Hudson, May 30th, gives an account of the attack at that place similar to the facts already published. In speaking of the negro troops he says they answered every expectation. Their conduct was heroical. No troops could be more determined or more daring. They made, during the day, three charges upon the batteries of the enemy, suffering very heavy losses, and holding their position at nightfall with the other troops on the right of our line. The highest commendation is bestowed upon them by all the officers in command on the right. Whatever doubt may have existed heretofore as to the efficiency of organizations of this character, the history of this day proves conclusively to those who were in a condition to observe the conduct of these regiments, that the Government will find in this class of troops effective supporters and defenders. The severe test to which they were subjected, and the determined manner in which they encountered the enemy, leaves upon my mind no doubt of their ultimate success, they requiring only good officers, command of limited numbers, and careful discipline, to make them excellent soldiers.

Our losses from the 23d to this date, in killed, wounded, and missing, are nearly one thousand, including, I deeply regret to say, some of the ablest officers of the corps.

The Tomb
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Summary: On June 6th, Bruce Anderson, son of D. B. and M. N. Harper, died in Greencastle. He was 2 years old.
(Names in announcement: Bruce Anderson Harper, D. B. Harper, M. N. Harper)
The Tomb
(Column 6)
Summary: On June 5th Mary Kate, infant daughter of John and Bella Sollenberger, died in Waynesboro. She was 7 months old.
(Names in announcement: Mary Kate Sollenberger, John Sollenberger, Bella Sollenberger)

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