Valley Spirit: December 17, 1862Go To Page : 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 |
Description of Page: Also includes Congressional news and an article about Secretary Stanton's report on the war.
General Halleck and General McClellan
(Column 1)Summary: The writer attacks General Halleck's report on the peninsular campaign as self-serving and unfair to General McClellan. Had McClellan been given the troops he requested, they assert, he would have been able to take Richmond. Halleck's document, however, justifies his order to evacuate the peninsula and, the writer claims, lays the blame for the subsequent defeats at the feet of everybody else but himself. While they had praised Halleck the soldier in earlier issues, this document, the writer states, makes Halleck sound more like an "ingenious lawyer" or a "special pleader" than a soldier. McClellan's movements in the east should be contrasted with Halleck's slowness in the west before any judgement is made, they assert.
Origin of Article: Journal of Commerce
Description of Page: General Halleck's Annual Report takes up the entire page, save for one piece of poetry.
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The Present Congress
(Column 1)Summary: The editors accuse the 37th Congress of using its last session to run through radical legislation, despite the seeming repudiation of its policies by the Democratic victories in the recent elections.Court of Inquiry in the Case of General McDowell
(Column 2)Summary: The editors describe the series of events they see as leading up to the removal of General McClellan from the command of the Army of the Potomac. It was only for the want of an extra 15,000 troops that McClellan was waiting to attack Richmond, but those troops were not supplied by Lincoln or Halleck. It was their failure which was pinned on McClellan, who was then relieved of command only to be called on again after Second Bull Run. The taking of Richmond, they conclude, was prevented only by "the cowardly administration."
Origin of Article: Patriot and UnionThe Proposed Act of Indemnity
(Column 3)Summary: The writer attacks a bill offered in the U.S. House of Representatives by "the notorious" Thaddeus Stevens, which proposes to indemnify anybody involved with wartime arrests from civil lawsuits filed against them. Not only has the administration jailed hundreds of citizens without due process in the past year, the writer argues, but now it wishes to protect itself and its agents from any charges of wrongdoing through this act. But if Stevens and his friends continue, the writer concludes, the time will not be far when the supremacy of the Constitution is again affirmed and "tyrants" and "knaves" will be disposed of.
Origin of Article: Patriot and UnionIn Favor of Disunion and Tyranny
(Column 4)Summary: The editors note that Congressional Republicans voted against a series of resolutions presented by Congressman Vallandigham of Ohio, which included one stating that anybody trying to change war aims from that of defending the Constitution to those of subjugating the South and abolishing slavery will be "guilty of a flagrant breach of public faith and of a high crime against the Constitution and Union." The Republicans have thus placed themselves on record as opposed to the Union as it was and are partial to the establishment of a dictatorship.Summary of News
(Column 5)Summary: A compilation of the week's war news, including details of events in Fredericksburg on December 12.
Full Text of Article:
Gen. Burnside's army has made a decisive and victorious movement. The city of Fredericksburg is now occupied by his forces after a terrible bombardment, which lasted nearly all day yesterday, and resulted in the partial destruction of the city by the heavy fire of our artillery. During Wednesday night the pontoons were conveyed to the river preparatory to the crossing of the troops yesterday morning. At five o'clock A.M., three bridges were laid down in front of the city, and when about half completed, the rebels opened a murderous fire upon our engineers from the houses in the city and on the river bank, driving them off. Our heavy guns, one hundred and forty-three in number, were then opened upon the city, and continued to play on it with tremendous force, crushing through the houses and setting them on fire. Between thirty and forty homes were burned during the bombardment in the business part of the city. The rebel artillery from the hills kept up a steady fire, but did little damage, as they could not be used without risking the safety of their own men, who were bolding the river front. Our troops were all in order, awaiting the moment when the bridges should be completed to cross over and take the city. It soon became evident that the bridges could not be built except by a bold dash. Volunteers were called for to cross in small boats. The order was no sooner given than hundreds of brave fellows stepped forward. About one hundred men of the Eighth Connecticut were selected. They were soon on their way, while the artillery threw a perfect storm of iron hail on the opposite bank. They reached the opposite shore, and with fixed bayonets, rushed upon the enemy, killing several, and taking one hundred prisoners. At half-past four two bridges were finished opposite the city, when the troops immediately began to cross over. The enemy was soon driven from the city back to their line of works, and Fredericksburg was in our possession.
Meantime General Franklin's division was crossing the Rappahannock three miles below the city, over bridges which he had constructed, with little opposition. A force strong enough to resist any attack from the enemy is now on the south side of the Rappahannock.--Everything was quiet last night, but affairs looked as if a battle to-day was inevitable.
While these proceedings were going on at Fredericksburg, our gunboats were shelling the enemy fifteen miles down the river.
The news from Nashville indicates an immediate attack by the rebels, under General Joe Johnston, upon that city. Our pickets were driven in on Tuesday morning, at every point, by the appearance of an immense force in front under Generals Bragg, Cheatham, Forrest and Morgan--Johnston commanding the whole.--General Mitchell is in command at Nashville, and it is being rapidly reinforced by order of General Rosecrans.
General Hovey came into collision with the enemy at three different points during the progress of his expedition, and in each instance drove them back. He has destroyed a portion of the Mississippi Central Railroad, and burned several of the bridges.
Another chapter in the history of the rebel pirate ship Alabama has to be recorded to-day. According to the news brought by the schooner Alice, which arrived at this port yesterday from Point Petre, Gaudaloupe [sic], the Alabama ran into port at Martinique, after robbing and destroying by fire the ships Levi Starbuck, of New Bedford, and the T.B. Wales, of Boston. The United States steamer San Jacinto, Commander Roukendorff, being off the port went in pursuit, but, as far as known, without coming up to her.
The elections for members of Congress for the First and Second districts in Louisiana, held on the 3d inst, have resulted in the choice of two unconditional Union men, Messers. B. F. Flanders and Michael Hahn. Mr. Jacob Barker, whom the New Orleans Delta calls "the negro worshipping and rebel candidate" was defeated, at which the Delta rejoices.
The main body of General Burnside's army crossed the Rappahannock yesterday, and now occupies the south side of the river. The enemy still maintain their position on the hills, and exhibited no signs of evacuating it up to last night. Nothing but a terrific battle can dislodge them if they are ready for that issue. During the passage of our troops yesterday at the different points, General Sherman's corps leading the way in front of the city of Fredericksburg, the enemy poured a constant fire upon our troops in the city and on the forces who were crossing on the two lower bridges, although they did very little damage. General Bayard's cavalry, which crossed on the lower bridge, had five men killed while endeavoring to ascertain the enemy's position.
Our losses in all were very slight, considering the importance of the movement and the danger to which our troops were necessarily exposed.
December 15, 1862.
The terrific battle of Saturday on the Rappahannock was not renewed yesterday, as anticipated. The day was bright and cheerful. The fog which obscured the scene of operations for the past two days was dispersed. Heavy artillery firing took place in front of the divisions of Generals Hooker, Sumner, and Franklin, from daylight until late in the forenoon, but no general action occured [sic] up to the latest accounts last night. The rebels were observed to be strengthening their works, and it was ascertained by inspection through a powerful glass that there are tix [sic] distinct lines of works behind the city. Whether some of these are rifled redoubts simply, or have the double capacity of affording protection to light infantry and having embrazures for light field guns, could not be discovered. The appearance of the works would lead, however, to the latter belief.
Our dead, who were killed in front of the enemy's works, still remain were [sic] they fell.--When attempting their removal on Saturday night, the rebels would fire with infantry; but the wounded have all been removed from the field, and all the dead obtained have been since buried.
There were forty thousand of our troops engaged in the battle on Saturday. What force the rebels brought against them it is impossible just now to determine.
(Column 1)Summary: The editors speak nostalgically of the onset of winter, but point out that there are many in need who should be attended to during the hard winter months.Important Notice
(Column 1)Summary: A list of drafted men who never reported to their camp of rendezvous. They have the liberty of reporting to the camp voluntarily in the next few days, or armed force will be use to bring them in and they will be tried as deserters. By township, they are: Antrim--George Arris, Milton J. Brunner, John Burns, Henry Bemesderfer, Jeremiah Keefer, Henry Cordel, Thomas Lammensch?, John Leckrone, Samuel H. Moore, Charles H. Nowell, Daniel Provinger, Benjamin F. Snyder, Samuel Stumbaugh, John Wingert. Chambersburg--L. R. Wilson. Concord District--Nicholas Arnold, George Burkhart, Peter Hockenberry, John Hockenberry (of J), Jacob Hockenberry, John Linn (farmer), Robert McVitty, Solomon Piper, Charles Timmons. Guilford--George Baker, David Bitner, Henry A. Cook, William Danfelt, Henry Etter, Daniel Burkholder, Samuel Nagle, Daniel Rock (laborer), Adam Stang, George Speck, Noab Sier, Jacob Trace, Thomas West. Green--Jeremiah Brown, Thomas Dumer, Augustus Degroff, William Duke, Samuel Green, Frederick Hoffman, William Myers, Samuel H. Myers, Joseph Rinehart, John Spoonhour, Alex Thomas, Adam B. Wingert. Hamilton--John Dietrich, Samuel Freaner, Amos Hommon, George Zell, Henry Zook. Letterkenny--Curtis L. McNeal, David Mahoney. Lurgan--Richard Flickinger, William A. Long, Emanuel Miller, John Pisle (at Washington). Montgomery--B. F. Conrad, Michael Deck, James Drury, William Drury, George Dulabaum, Samuel Garns, David Hege, Samuel Long, W. H. Lynch, J. C. Robison, George W. Raby, John Shank, D. S. Shaler, John F. Shrader, James F. Tosten. Peters--David Gearhart, David Hoover. Quincy--Robert Barnes, E. H. Barnes, Jonathan Bear, Lewis Carbaugh, James Hope, Reuben Hess, Thomas Kurtz, Joseph Knepper, Patrick Nugen, Thomas Patterson, Levi Row, John R. Rav, James Reed, William Stoops, Jacob Wiles, Jr. Metal--Asa Harris, John Pogue, William Schware. Southampton--Thomas J. Butts, Levi Killinger, Joseph Strawbridge, Jr., David Reber, Daniel Unger. St. Thomas--Philip Byers, Henry Foutz, Abel Hyssong, George Miller, Solomon Miller. Washington--Christian Bear, Samuel Brown, John Gall, Joseph Keefer, John McFerren, James McSherry, Isaac Shockey, John Steffy, John Sheller, George Wassam, John Welsh. Waynesboro--Hiram Henneberger, David Logan, David Reesman. Warren--Michael Dillan, William Pine, Asbury Pine, George Yeakel.[No Title]
(Names in announcement: George Arris, Milton J. Breuner, John Burns, Henry Bemesderfer, Jeremiah Keefer, Henry Cordel, Thomas Lammensch?, John Leckrone, Samuel H. Moore, Charles H. Nowell, Daniel Provinger, Benjamin F. Snyder, Samuel Stumbaugh, John Wingert, L. R. Wilson, Nicholas Arnold, George Burkhart, Peter Hockenberry, John Hockenberry(of J), Jacob Hockenberry, John Linn(farmer), Robert McVitty, Solomon Piper, Charles Timmons, George Baker, David Bitner, Henry A. Crook, William Danfelt, Henry Etter, Daniel Burkholder, Samuel Nagle, Daniel Rock(laborer), Adam Stang, George Speck, Noab Sier, Jacob Trace, Thomas West, Jeremiah Brown, Thomas Dumer, Augustus Degroff, William Duke, Samuel Greene, Frederick Hoffman, William Myers, Samuel Myers, Joseph Rhinehart, John Spoonhour, Alex Thomas, Adam B. Wingert, John Dietrich, Samuel Freaner, Amos Hommon, George Zell, Henry Zook, Curtis L. McNeal, David Mahoney, Richard Flickinger, William A. Long, Emanuel Miller, John Pisle(at Washington), B. F. Conrad, Michael Deck, James Drury, William Drury, George Dulabaum, Samuel Garns, David Hege, Samuel Long, W. H. Lynch, J. C. Robison, George W. Raby, John Shank, D. S. Shaler, John F. Shrader, James F. Tosten, David Gearhart, David Hoover, Robert Barnes, Jonathan Bear, Lewis Carbaugh, James Hope, Reuben Hess, Thomas Kurtz, Joseph Knepper, Patrick Nugen, Thomas Patterson, Levi Row, John R. Rav, James Reed, William Stoops, Jacob WilesJr., Asa Harris, John Pogue, William Schware, Thomas J. Butts, Levi Killinger, Joseph StrawbridgeJr., David Reber, Daniel Unger, Philip Byers, Henry Foutz, Abel Hyssong, George Miller, Solomon Miller, Christian Bear, Samuel Brown, John Gall, Joseph Keefer, John McFerren, James McSherry, Isaac Shockey, John Steffy, John Sheller, George Wassam, John Welsh, Hiram Henneberger, David Logan, David Reesman, Michael Dillan, William Pine, Asbury Pine, George Yeakel)
(Column 2)Summary: A testimony passed by the soldiers of the 126th Reg't Penn. Volunteers to the memory of Private Andrew Zimmerman, the first of the company to die (precisely four months after his enlistment). He was buried in the middle of their camp in Virginia, "on the enemy's soil and in his presence."Counterfeit Postage Currency
(Names in announcement: Private Andrew Zimmerman, Lieut. Rowe, Capt. Andrew R. Davison)
(Column 2)Summary: The editors caution against counterfeit fifty-cent postage stamps in circulation in the community. The paper is thinner than the original, the five faces of Washington vary considerably from the original, the linked letters of the "U.S." under the center portrait of Washington do not show the lower end of the "S" inside the "U", the bordering around the lettering and the "50" is dark and crowded while in the genuine the border is open and there is a line of light dots through the middle all the way around. In the counterfeit the middle line is almost invisible, while on the original it catches your eye at once.Deserved Promotions
(Column 2)Summary: Col. Charles T. Campbell of the 57th and Col. F. S. Stumbaugh of the 77th Regiments Penn. Volunteers have been rewarded with Brigadier's commissions, Campbell for his three wounds received at Fair Oaks and Stumbaugh for his bravery in commanding his regiment at Shiloh.The 11th Penna. Cavalry
(Names in announcement: Col. Charles T. Campbell, Col. F. S. Stumbaugh)
(Column 2)Summary: The 11th Pennsylvania Cavalry gained credit for their attack on the enemy recently at Blackwater, near Franklin, Virginia. Colonel Samuel Spear led the regiment of 300 against a 800- troop Confederate rocket battery that had been captured from the Union troops. There is one company of Franklin County men in the regiment, commanded by Lieut. Col. Stetzell.In the Battle
(Names in announcement: Col. Samuel Spear, Lieut. Col. Stetzell)
(Column 2)Summary: The editors report from private sources that the 126th Reg't Penn. Volunteers were in the engagement in Fredericksburg on Saturday, and that Captains J. H. Reed, John Doebler, and Lieutenants William McLenegan and J. S. Oaks were all wounded, though none seriously.158th Regiment Penna. Militia
(Names in announcement: Capt. J. H. Reed, Captain John Doebler, Lieut. William McLenegan, Lieut J. S. Oaks)
(Column 2)Summary: Lists the commanding officers of companies and regiments encamped near Chambersburg.
(Names in announcement: , , )Full Text of Article:The Tax on Real Estate
158th Regiment Penna. Militia.
The drafted men encamped near this place have been formed into Company and Regimental organizations as follows:
Colonel--David B. McKibben.
Lieut. Colonel--Elias S. Troxell.
Major--Martin G. Hale.
Quarter Master--David E. Longsdorf
Surgeon--Nathan G. Leet
Q.M. Segeant [sic]--Robert Hays.
Commissary Serg't.--Peter Ritner.
Co. A.--Henry A Longsdorf, Captain,
William E. Karns, 1st Lieut.
M. A. Leidig, 2d Lieut.
Co. B.--E. KI. Lehman, Captain.
M. D. Miller, 1st Lieut.
Adam Franklin, 2d. Lieut.
Co. C.--William R. Linn, Captain,
C. Householder, 1st Lieut.
Samuel Mohler, 2d Lieut.
Co. D.--Arch R. Rea, Captain.
J. S. Snively, 1st Lieut.
John Hassler, 2d. Lieut.
Co. E.--William T. Barnitz, Captain,
Wm. S. Maxvell, 1st. Lieut.
Sam'l Hierlich, 2d Lieut.
Henry S. Crider, Captain.
P. G. McCoy, 1st Lieut.
Samuel Deihl, 2d Lieut.
Co. G.--M. W. Trair, Captain,
Joseph Rock, 1st Lieut.
Wm. Stover, 2d Lieut.
Co. H.--Thomas Sipe, Captain.
James T. Connelly, 1st Lieut.
John R. Fisher, 2d Lieut.
Co. I--Wm E. McDowell, Captain.
John Beaver, 1st. Lieut.
John W. Jones, 2d Lieut.
Co. K.--Jacob Whever, Captain,
J. C. Abright, 1st. Lieut,
Abner Hess, 2d Lieut.
Companies A, C, F, and K, are from Cumberland, and Company H, from Fulton Counties. The remaining Companies are from this County. So far as our knowledge extends, the men are fortunate in both Regimental and line officers, and particularly so in having secured the services of our friend Hartman as Spiritual adviser.
(Column 3)Summary: The commissioners to revise the state revenue laws, William McClellan of Chambersburg and R. B. McComb and M. R. Thayer, have recommended a reduction of more than one half in the state real estate tax. They recommended lowering the tax to one mil on the dollar.
(Names in announcement: William McClellan)Origin of Article: BulletinThe Hospitals
(Column 3)Summary: About 120 of the sick and wounded soldiers in Chambersburg hospitals were transferred to Philadelphia last Thursday.Alarm of Fire
(Column 3)Summary: The alarm of fire last Friday evening was caused by the partial burning of Jacob B. Miller's stove store. The fire was discovered soon after it started and was stopped by a few buckets of water. However, the roof of the shop was entirely consumed.Paid Off
(Names in announcement: Jacob B. Miller)
(Column 3)Summary: The paymaster of the U.S. Army visited the 126th Reg't last week and paid the unit for three month's service. The members of Company A under Captain John Doebler sent home about $1800, while the members of Company G under Captain George L. Miles sent home about $200.Left for the War
(Names in announcement: Capt. DoeblerJohn, Capt. George L. Miles)
(Column 3)Summary: The 158th Regiment, Penn. Militia, composed of drafted men from Cumberland, Fulton, and Franklin counties, left Camp McClure on Friday "for the seat of war." The regiment numbers about 800 and is under the command of Colonel McKibben.Fire
(Names in announcement: Colonel McKibben)
(Column 3)Summary: The house of Dutton Madden, at Spring Garden Mills in Fannett Township, was totally consumed by fire on Saturday, December 5. The fire origin was the garret floor above the stove pipe. The editors report that the house and furniture were partially insured.Postage Stamps
(Names in announcement: Dutton Madden)
(Column 3)Summary: The editors report that the post office will redeem the stamps that have been in circulation as currency, except for the ones which have been already used on letters.Latest War News
(Column 4)Summary: Wire service reports on the battle at Fredericksburg.
Full Text of Article:Correspondence from "the Army of the Potomac"
From the Army of the Potomac.
The Battle Begun near Fredericksburg.
A Rebel Cavalry Raid in Our Rear.
The Battle Near Fredericksburg.
Headquarters in the Field.
Saturday, 11, a.m.
The battle so long anticipated is now processing.
The morning opened with a dense fog, which has not yet entirely disappeared.
Gen. Reynolds' corps on the left advanced at an early hour, and at 9:15 engaged the enemy's infantry. Seven minutes after the rebels opened a heavy fire of artillery, which has continued so for without interruption. Their artillery fire must be at random as the fog obstructs all view.
Our heavy guns are answering them rapidly. As the sun gets high it is hoped that the fog will lift. At this writing no results are known. Not much infantry has as yet become engaged.
A portion of the enemy's cavalry crossed a ford above here, and yesterday were found on our right rear. A sufficient force has been sent out to meet them.
Headquarters Army of the Potomac,
Saturday evening, Dec. 13.
The fog began to disappear at 7 o'clock this morning, affording an unobstructed view of our own and the enemy's position.
It being evident that the first ridge of hills in the rear of the city, on which the enemy had his guns posted behind earthworks, could not be carried except by a charge of infantry. General Sumner assigned that duty to General French's division, supported by general Howard's.
The troops advanced to the works at ten minutes before 12 o'clock at a brisk run. The enemy's guns opened a rapid fire upon them. When within musket range of the base of the ridge they were met by a terrible fire from the rebel infantry, who were posted behind a stone rebel infantry, who were posted behind a stone wall and some houses on the right of the line. This checked their advance, and they fell back to a small ravine, but not out of musket range.
At this time another body of troops moved to their assistance in splendid style, notwithstanding the gaps made in their ranks by the fire of the rebel artillery. When they arrived at the first line they advanced on double quick time, and with a command of fixed bayonets, endeavored to dislodge the rebels from their hiding places. The concentrated fire of artillery and infantry which they were forced to face was too much, and the centre gave way in disorder, but was afterward rallied and brought back.
From that time the firing was spiritedly continued, and never ceased until sometime after darkness set in this evening.
General Franklin, who commanded the attack on the left, met with better success. He succeeded, after a hard day's fight, in driving the enemy about one mile. At one time the rebels advanced to attack, but they were handsomely repulsed with terrible slaughter and a loss of between four and five hundred prisoners, belonging to General A. P. Hill's command.
General Franklin's movement was directed down the river, and his troops are encamped to-night not far from Massaponax creek.
Our troops sleep to-night where they fought to-day.
The dead and wounded are being carried from the field of battle to-night.
The following is a list of the officers killed and wounded, as far as known:
Gen. Jackson, of the Pennsylvania Reserves, killed;
Gen. Bayard was struck in the thigh by a shell, and afterwards died;
Gen. Vinton was wounded in the side, but not seriously;
Gen. Gibbons was wounded in the hands;
Gen. Kimball received a wound in the thigh;
Gen. Caldwell was wounded in two places, but not seriously;
Gen. Sinclair, of Pennsylvania, was dangerously wounded;
Capt. Hendricks, who was commanding the 9th New York militia, was wounded seriously.
The following is the loss of officers in the 5th New Hampshire regiment, which was actively engaged in the battle:
Col. Cross, wounded in the abdomen;
Maj. Sturdevant and Adjutant Dodd, killed.
The firing of musketry ceased at about 6 o'clock, but the rebels continued throwing shell into the city until 8 o'clock this evening.
The Position of the rebel forces was as follows: Gen. Longstreet was on the left, and held the main works of the enemy. Gen. A. P. Hill and Gen. Jackson were in front of Gen. Franklin, with Jackson's right resting on the Rappahannock. Gen. D. H. Hill's forces acted as a reserve.
Gen. Burnside will renew the battle at daylight in the morning.
The troops are in good spirits, and not in the least disheartened.
The losses cannot be accurately estimated at this hour.
Washington, Dec. 14.
It is thought here that about 40,000 of our troops were engaged in yesterday's battle.--From information received early this morning preparations were making all night for the conflict to-day, General Burnside remaining on the field, giving orders and looking to the position and condition of his forces.
Additional surgeons and everything which the necessities of the wounded require have been dispatched from Washington.
Washington, Dec. 14.
It is proper to caution the public against hastily crediting the many unsupported rumors concerning yesterday's battle. Some of them here prevalent have no other basis than surmire [sic], or are mere inventions. In the absence of facts, Rebel sympathizers are responsible for not a few of these fictions. Gentlemen in high public position repeat the assertion as coming from Burnside, that he has men enough and therefore desires no further reinforcements.
The Latest from the Front.
Head-quarters, Sunday, Dec. 14--11:30 A. M.--There is no fog to-day, and the sun is shining brightly, with a strong breeze. At daylight this morning there was a heavy fire of artillery and infantry in front of the first line of works, where General Sumner and Hooker were engaged yesterday.
The fire slackened about an hour afterwards, and then was heard only at intervals until now. The same occurred in front of General Franklin's position down the river.
The object of both parties was evidently to feel the position of the other.
During last night and this forenoon the Rebels have considerably extended their works and strengthened their position. Large bodies of troops are now to be seen where but few were found yesterday.
The indications are that no decisive battle will be fought to-day, unless the Rebels should bring on the engagement, which they will probably not do.
(Column 5)Summary: A brief letter written by a correspondent in the 126th Reg't Penn. Volunteers, before the battle of Fredericksburg.
Full Text of Article:
From 'the Army of the Potomac"
In Camp Near Fredericksburg,
December 10, 1862.
The 126th Regiment P. V. were paid for nearly three months' services by Major John M. Pomroy, Paymaster U.S.A., on Thursday last. He disbursed about $45,000,00 and of this amount the men have forwarded nearly $30,000 to their families and friends at home. I will endeavor to give you an accurate statement of the amounts sent by the various companies in time for your next week's issue.
A U. S. Disbursing Officer also appeared in Camp on Monday and paid three Regiments of our Brigade their Bounty and Premium money, $27 to each man. A good production of this will also be sent for distribution at home.
There is every prospect of an early forward movement. It is reported that Gen. Sumner, commanding Right Grand Divison [sic] has already crossed the Rappahanock with 80,000 men. Vast accessions have been made to the army from the various sections within the last week. If the weather is at all favorable we will all be on the other side of the river within a week. We are looking hourly for marching orders. You will have the result of coming operations spread before your readers before a letter from me can reach you. I will give you such matters as come under my own observation or may be obtained from reliable parties.
(Column 6)Summary: Lawrence D. Schlessman and Martha J. Hollar, both of Southampton Township, were married on December 9.Died
(Names in announcement: Rev. J. Dickson, Lawrence D. Schlessman, Martha J. Hollar)
(Column 6)Summary: Peter Snyder, Esq. died suddenly in New Franklin on December 11, at the age of 64.
(Names in announcement: Peter SnyderEsq.)
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