Valley Spirit: June 29, 1861Go To Page : 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |
The War! From Washington
(Column 01)Summary: A sentiment exists amongst Northern visitors to Washington that the federal government should seek a compromise. It is rumored that Lincoln holds a similar belief. Gen. Scott, while training the volunteers for battle, "is not disposed to strike a decisive blow until after the meeting of Congress."Interesting News from the Virginia Line
(Column 01)Summary: A Maryland secessionist recently arrived in Frederick from Winchester reports that the main body of the rebel army that had been at Harper's Ferry is stationed at the Fair Grounds at Winchester.Western Virginia Convention
(Column 02)Summary: The western Virginia convention has finished its business for the present and has gone home. The new legislature will meet in Wheeling next Monday.Guerilla War in Virginia
(Column 02)Summary: "Parties who have come in to-night from the interior counties [of Virginia], represent them to be in a state of guerilla war. Great anxiety is felt here [in Wheeling]. Effectual means should be taken to rid the State of the scoundrels who now disturb its peace."From Fortress Monroe
(Column 03)Summary: The gun boat Monticello made a reconnaissance trip up the Rappahanock river and landed a small party at the home of a friend of the pilot. While the sailors conversed with the ladies, three companies of rebels rushed into the party and shot two men. The Captain of the Monticello opened fire on the rebels and killed or wounded a large number. The house was completely demolished.Southern News
(Column 03)Summary: The Louisville Journal printed a letter stating that voters in the first congressional district were asked whether they were for the North or the South. A friend of Mr. Crittenden denies that Crittenden would offer a compromise or advise Kentucky to secede.Interesting Army Intelligence from the Upper Potomac
(Column 03)Summary: Intelligence has arrived in Hagerstown indicating that Gov. Wise has decided to go by steamer to Lewisburg, Greenbrier county with a force of 4,000 men to repel an expedition.Later from Grafton--Anticipated Attack on the Federal Troops at Philippi
(Column 04)Summary: As soon as Gov. Wise arrives in the rebel camp near Philippi, he and his men will attack the Federal camp there.From Washington
(Column 04)Summary: The paymasters of the army are paying off the regiments in the Washington area. The President will not call for any compromise in his speech at the opening of the extra session of Congress. Instead, the administration will continue to follow the policies set out in the inaugural address.Harper's Ferry--A View from the Maryland Heights
(Column 05)Summary: Describes the abandoned Southern camp built on the Maryland Heights across from Harper's Ferry.
Origin of Article: Correspondence N.Y. HeraldFrom Harper's Ferry
(Column 06)Summary: Confederate troops returned to Harper's Ferry to recommence their destruction. They set fire to the bridge over the Shenandoah and threw a railroad locomotive into the water. When townspeople saw the troops coming, they ran into the river and attempted to swim or wade to Maryland. The Confederates arrested a number of prominent Unionists.
(Column 01)Summary: The paper has little war news because nothing is happening in the field. It appears that Gen. Scott will not make a move until after Congress meets. The President has no power to increase the regular army or enroll volunteers for three years, so Scott will not enter the field until he knows what Congress will do about the volunteers. The South appears ready to accept a compromise as long as it can back down with grace. The Spirit doesn't want the South to receive an offer that is dishonorable to the country. Instead, the secessionists should be made an example of in order to prove a warning to the abolitionists. "Let both be made to understand that they cannot trample upon the Constitution, and disturb the peace of the country, whenever they feel disposed to ventilate their peculiar ideas or exercise their bad propensities."Baltimore
(Column 01)Summary: Major General Banks arrested the Baltimore Chief of Police because he protected men who resisted the laws of Maryland.Cameron vs. Curtin
(Column 02)Summary: The Pennsylvania volunteers are barefoot and more or less naked because of the shoddy clothing provided to them by Gov. Curtin. Curtin's followers have gotten rich as a result of their state contracts to provide clothing for the army.
Origin of Article: Philadelphia InquirerPromoted
(Column 02)Summary: D. W. Chambers is doing well as the Postmaster of the 14th Regiment.
Origin of Article: Juniata DemocratPersonal
(Column 02)Summary: The Valley Spirit once again beseeches its readers to give it money or the paper will go out of business.An Unfounded Rumor
(Column 03)Summary: The Confederacy is increasingly determined to prosecute the war. There is no evidence that Davis wants an armistice.
Origin of Article: National IntelligencerEditorial Comment: The Intelligencer contradicts the rumor started by the New York World that Jefferson Davis had attempted to suspend the hostilities.Frank H. Pierpont
(Column 03)Summary: Frank Pierpont has just been elected Governor of Virginia. He took a firm stand in defense of the government at the first outbreak of secession. He was a member of the first Wheeling Convention and opposed the effort to organize a provisional government.Daniel Paisley
(Column 03)Summary: Daniel Paisley is the new Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. At the first Wheeling Convention, he proposed the policy of declaring Virginia state offices vacant because all who held them were treasonous.Election in Kentucky
(Column 03)Summary: All the Kentucky Congressional districts, with the exception of the First, elected Union supporters.Ben McCulloh
(Column 03)Summary: Ben McCulloh, who is frequently referred to as a man of military renown, never, except on one occasion, commanded more than a company of men. He is a man of undoubted courage, but he isn't a soldier.Latest from the South
(Column 03)Origin of Article: New Orleans DeltaEditorial Comment: "The Delta provides 'the following intelligence concerning the conduct of our officers in Alexandria.'"The Siege at the War Office
(Column 04)Summary: Unflattering description of the contractors in front of the office of the Secretary of War. Many of them are from "some rural village of the Keystone State."
Origin of Article: N.Y. WorldEditorial Comment: The World "gives a description of the hordes of contractors and office-seekers who besiege the office of Secretary Cameron."[No Title]
(Column 04)Summary: It is rumored that the Administration is about to appoint Henry Winer Davis to the Austrian Mission. Davis was defeated in his run for Congress from Baltimore. The Spirit believes that "appointing discarded politicians to foreign missions is at best doubtful--but no greater insult could be offered to the Union men of Baltimore than to commission Henry Winter Davis."Effects of the War
(Column 04)Summary: Fifty newspapers have stopped publishing in the last ninety days as a result of the war.The Foreign Element
(Column 04)Summary: Foreign born soldiers are proving their allegiance to the nation with their disciplined service in the army.
Origin of Article: Albany Evening Journal[No Title]
(Column 04)Summary: "Every Farmer, Mechanic and Workingman will be benefitted by a speedy restoration of Peace. . . . But for the unfortunate troubles now surrounding our country, we ought to have most prosperous times. The country had recovered from the reverses of 1757 [sic] and was ready to enter upon a career of unexampled prosperity. With the establishment of a just and honorable peace, prosperity must again soon smile upon our land."A Warming to Ultraism
(Column 05)Summary: Warns Northerners to not mistake the character of Union sentiment in Maryland--Maryland is still with the South, but with every Union man of the South. She rejects the ultraism of the North.
Origin of Article: Baltimore AmericanThe Rebel Army
(Column 05)Summary: A Northern man who has worked on Southern railroads for the last five years provides the Spirit with a description of Southern life since secession. He believes that many Union men have been impressed into the rebel army. He believes that the soldiers cannot compare in stature with the Union soldiers because they aren't well clothed and lack discipline.Strong Union Sentiment in California
(Column 05)Summary: The Democrats in Sacramento adopted a resolution stating that "the Constitution and the Union, as others designed them, constitute the best security for our liberties and prosperity."No Party
(Column 06)Summary: The Patriot and Union objects to the Republican policy of "no party." It argues that this policy means that Democrats are dissuaded from putting up candidates while Republicans continue to elect their own.
Origin of Article: Patriot and Union
Speech of Gov. Stevens
(Column 01)Summary: Gov. Stevens, in his speech to the Convention for the territory of Washington, stated that he opposed secession because, if Americans supported the doctrine that one state can "alter or break up the contract without the consent of the others, . . . anarchy will reign throughout the land, and all hopes of regulated liberty will come to an end."The Capture of the Connecticut Officer
(Column 01)Summary: Story of the capture of an officer in Alexandria, who was "enticed" by women into a home and then seized by secessionists.
Origin of Article: N.Y. Evening PostSouthern News via Richmond
(Column 02)Summary: Miscellaneous war news from the South.Died
(Column 02)Summary: Nancy Sibbet died on April 20.Died
(Names in announcement: Nancy Sibbet, Samuel Sibbet)
(Column 02)Summary: Kissal died on June 25th at 70 years of age.
(Names in announcement: Frederick Kissal)
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