Valley Spirit: June 11, 1862Go To Page : 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 |
The Abolition Schemes of Negro Equality Exposed
(Column 1)Summary: Reprints a speech in the U.S. House of Representatives by Cong. W. A. Richardson of Illinois on May 19, 1862. In it Richardson cites a number of documents which purport to demonstrate the efforts of the Lincoln administration to place blacks on an equal social and economic footing as whites. Included among these are the provision of rations for "contraband" blacks in Washington D.C., the employment of blacks in D.C. as teamsters (to the exclusion of whites, claims Richardson), and the employment of blacks in the Navy as laborers. Richardson concludes by arguing that the superiority of the white race is a God-given fact, and that any attempt to equalize them has "always degraded the superior race."
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(Column 1)Summary: Argues that the radical Republicans oppose the stated war goals of "preserving the Constitution as it is and restoring the Union as it was," and that if the Confederates were to surrender, the Republicans would refuse it. This is because, argues the article, the Republicans fear losing power more than they desire the restoration of the Union. The President is being driven toward abolitionism by the need to keep the party together, and the authors argue that he should disregard his party and spare himself embarrassments such as General Hunter's abolition order.
Origin of Article: Patriot and Union
Notice to Subscribers
(Column 1)Summary: Alerts subscribers that their names are now printed on their papers, along with the date from which they owe money for their subscription to B. Y. Hamsher and Co. Subscriptions are $1.50 per year if paid in six months, and $1.75 if paid thereafter.The Reign of Terror
(Names in announcement: B. Y. Hamsher)
(Column 1)Summary: A number of Union cavalrymen, under the command of Horner, supposedly chopped down a flagpole bearing a union flag in Waynesboro two weeks ago. These same troopers assaulted the owner of the flagpole, Michael Hanstine. The editors call for these men to be drummed out of the army.
(Names in announcement: Michael Hanstine)Full Text of Article:The Resolutions of the Lutheran General Synod--Another Test of Loyalty
There was a period in the history of our country which has been very appropriately called the "Reign of Terror." It was during the Presidency of old John Adams, when Federal troopers were sent through Pennsylvania to chop down the Liberty Poles erected by the Jefferson Democrats.
Pennsylvania is experiencing another "Reign of Terror." Troopers in the pay of the Federal government--but, to the credit of the President be it spoken, not sent by him on their infamous errand--have been prowling around, cutting down Union Poles and attempting to murder peaceable citizens.
We respectfully call the attention of the War Department to the fact that a portion of Horner's Cavalry, led by a Lieutenant or other officer of the company, have chopped down a pole erected expressly to bear the Flag of the Union, and which had borne that flag, though it was not flying at the time when the act was committed. These troopers still further disgraced the uniform they wore, by attempting to murder Mr. Michael Hanstine, the owner of the pole, who carried the "Stars and Stripes" in his hands at the time.
These outrages were perpetrated two weeks ago at the town of Waynesboro', in this county. The civilians who participated in them will in due time be looked after by the civil authorities, and it is to be hoped that the troopers will receive their deserts from the War Department. Recent events have proved conclusively that the government can get all the men it needs for the suppression of the rebellion. It can therefore well afford to drum out of its service those who run away from the enemy and exercise their valor only against inoffensive poles and peaceable citizens.
(Column 2)Summary: The Valley Spirit responds to accusations by the Transcript that the Spirit's criticisms of the resolution in support of abolition by the Lutheran General Synod was aimed at impeaching the loyalty of the Synod. The editors claim that their main argument was that the church should not meddle in politics, and not that the Lutherans were disloyal. The Spirit attacks the editor of the Transcript for his inability to discern the difference between the two.How the Tribune Cheers Our Brave Troops
(Column 4)Summary: Reprints part of an article from the New York Tribune that declares the battle at Chickahominy Creek outside of Richmond was a warning for the Union. The editors of the Valley Spirit protest what they see as sneering at the efforts of the Union troops and as an attempt to discredit General McClellan. The Tribune admitted that overall the battle was a Union victory, but that it had been poor planning to leave Union positions so exposed. The Valley Spirit argues that the sole reason that the Tribune takes this position is that McClellan is not an abolitionist, and they accuse the Tribune of demoralizing people with that sort of coverage.
Origin of Article: New York TribuneEditorial Comment: "The whole design and scope of that article was to deprive the soldiers of the Army of the Potomac of their blood-bought laurels, and to cheapen the triumphs of its General because that General is one that the Tribune hates in its heart of hearts...."
Minutes of County Committee
(Column 1)Summary: The Democratic County Committee met on May 27 at Montgomery's Hotel. Hon. John Orr was chosen as the Senatorial Delegate, and Hon. Wilson Reilly as the Representative Delegate, to the upcoming Democratic State Convention.Captain Wishart
(Names in announcement: Hon. John Orr, Hon. Wilson Reilly)
(Column 1)Summary: This article follows up on one published several weeks ago regarding Captain Wishart's behavior at Shiloh. The earlier editorial had emphasized that Capt. Wishart had left his command unwillingly, when pressed into service as regimental surgeon. In the current editorial, the writer notes that a member of Wishart's company is circulating a letter claiming that Wishart left his post willingly, and the editors print a letter from Lt. Col. P. B. Housum denying the accusation made of WishartA Good Move
(Names in announcement: Capt. Wishart, Lieut. Col. P. B. Housum)
(Column 1)Summary: A meeting of citizens was held at the Court House on May 27 to devise a means of taking care of the sick and wounded soldiers passing through town. A committee consisting of Capt. J. M. Brown, J. S. Brown, Jacob Hoke, B. F. Nead, and John Mull, Esqs. was appointed. They have reserved a large room in the Masonic Hall that has been filled with beds, and arrangements have been made with local hotel keepers to provide meals for the patients. Expenses will be paid by contributions from local citizens, "who will, we are sure, as promptly and generously respond to this call as they have to every other for the maintenance and comfort of our brave soldiers."
(Names in announcement: Capt. J. M. Brown, J. S. BrownEsq., Jacob HokeEsq., B. F. NeadEsq., John MullEsq.)Full Text of Article:Meeting of the Presbytery
A meeting of citizens was held in the Court House on the 27th ult., for the purpose of devising means for providing for the sick and wounded soldiers who are daily passing through this place. A committee was appointed, consisting of Capt. J.M. Brown, J.S. Brown, Esq., Mr. Jacob Hoke, B.F. Nead and John Mull, Esqs., to take charge of them, and for that purpose they have secured a large room in the lower part of the Masonic Hall which has been fitted up with beds, &c. Arrangements have been made with one of our Hotel Keepers to furnish their meals. The expenses are to be paid by contributions from our citizens who will, we are sure, as promptly and generously respond to this call as they have to every other for the maintenance and comfort of our brave soldiers.
(Column 1)Summary: The Carlisle Presbytery met in the Presbyterian Church of Chambersburg on June 3, and "our young friend" Thomas X. Orr was licensed as a preacher. The editors went to listen to his trial sermon and pronounced their satisfaction.The Pennsylvanians at Shiloh
(Names in announcement: Thomas X. Orr)
(Column 1)Full Text of Article:War News
The following letter from Gen. McCook to Gov. Curtin was written soon after the battle of Shiloh. It speaks well of the bravery of the Pennsylvanians in that great battle, and must effectually silence the slanders in which some of our gallant Home Guards are so apt to indulge in reference to Col. Stumbaugh, and the brave Franklin county boys, who are now earning such proud laurels for our State in the South:
H.Q. 2d Division, Army of Ohio.
Field of Shiloh, Tenn., April 15.
Hon A.G. Curtin, Governor of Pennsylvania:
Sir: Both justice and inclination prompt me to bring to your notice the bravery, coolness and discipline of the 77th regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, (Col. Stumbaugh's) which was a part of the division I had the honor to command in the battle of Shiloh. The only Pennsylvania regiment on the field, it bore without reproach, the banner of the Keystone State through the thickest of the fight, and won for her a wreath which may, with pride, be placed beside those gathered upon the fields of the Revolution in Mexico.
I am, sir, very respectfully,
Your obedient servant,
Commanding Second Division.
(Column 2)Summary: Several columns of war news, beginning with accounts of the "Victory Before Richmond" at the Chickahominy River, as well as several report on the pursuit of Stonewall Jackson's troops through the Shenandoah by Union forces.Meeting of the Hope Fire Company
(Column 1)Summary: The following officers were elected at a meeting of the Hope Fire Company: President, A. C. McGrath; Vice President, M. Shelito, P. Grove; Secretary, F. Snider; Chief Director, J. Snider; Chief Engineer, A. Mitchel; Asst. Engineers, H. Smith, P. Grove; Treasurer, W. Eyster; Directors, F. Housholder, J. Lesher, J. Montgomery, A. C. McGrath, A. Fleck, M. Shelito; Standing Committee, W. Eyster, C. Kinsler, A. Snider, B. Cook, P. Grove; Superintendent, A. Snider.Married
(Names in announcement: A. C. McGrath, M. Shelito, P. Grove, W. Eyster, F. Snider, A. Mitchel, H. Smith, W. Eyster, F. Housholder, J. Lesher, J. Montgomery, A. C. McGrath, A. Fleck, C. Kinsler, A. Snider, B. Cook)
(Column 6)Summary: Samuel Gabler of Letterkenny married Violet A. Shoemaker of Roxbury on May 27.Married
(Names in announcement: Rev. M. Snider, Samuel Gabler, Violet A. Shoemaker)
(Column 6)Summary: Jacob Rife and Fanny Brubecker, both of Franklin County, were married on May 5.[No Title]
(Names in announcement: Rev. J. Dickson, Jacob Rife, Fanny Brubecker)
(Column 6)Summary: Mrs. Mary Evans of Chambersburg died on June 8 at age 76.
(Names in announcement: Mrs. Mary Evens)Origin of Article: Died[No Title]
(Column 6)Summary: John Stoler Cook, son of James and Catharine Cook, died near Mount Hope on June 8, at age 2 years, 8 months and 11 days.
(Names in announcement: John Stoler Cook, James Cook, Catharine Cook)Origin of Article: Died[No Title]
(Column 6)Summary: Mrs. Elizabeth Lein died on May 29 in Hamilton Township at the age of 66 years, 5 months and 18 days.
(Names in announcement: Mrs. Elizabeth Lein)Origin of Article: Died[No Title]
(Column 6)Summary: Mary Ellen Brown died on June 1 near Fayetteville, age 3 years, 2 months and 4 days.
(Names in announcement: Mary Ellen Brown)Origin of Article: Died[No Title]
(Column 6)Summary: Mrs. Sarah Shew died on June 7 in Hamilton Township at the age of 58 years, 7 months and 1 day.
(Names in announcement: Mrs. Sarah Shew)Origin of Article: Died[No Title]
(Column 6)Summary: Samuel Deihl Senior died on June 2 at his residence near Marion at the age of 89 years 9 months and 5 days.
(Names in announcement: Mr. Samuel DeihlSenior)Origin of Article: Died
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