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Valley Virginian: March 28, 1866

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The Difference
(Column 06)
Summary: The paper prints an article presenting a fictional conversation between two Freedmen. One expresses a preference for southern whites, since northerners "make you work harder."
Origin of Article: Mississippi Republican
[No Title]
(Column 07)
Summary: The article reports that during discussion of the Bill concerning the Paris Exposition, Mr. L. Blond suggested sending the Freedman's Bureau "among other great American curiosities." "He has no doubt but the emigrants would admire a country that could produce such a thing."

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[No Title]
(Column 01)
Summary: The paper reports that "nine negroes and two white men" were whipped for larceny at the Orange court.
The Financial Situation
(Column 02)
Summary: The paper prints an editorial discussing fiscal policy, especially in regards to greenbacks vs gold currency. "Let it be distinctly understood that the source of our continuing woes is our false measure of value; there is no cure for it but a specie currency, and the only way to get that is an immediate repeal of the legal tender act."

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[No Title]
(Column 01)
Summary: The paper reports that "religious revivals are still progressing throughout the Valley, with great success."
[No Title]
(Column 01)
Summary: The paper exclaims that "the work of cleaning the town is progressing finely." The editors also inform readers that lime can be purchased from the Commissioner at the Market House at cost.
[No Title]
(Column 01)
Summary: The paper announces the following appointments to a committee of arrangements for the Valley Railroad Convention taking place at Staunton on April 4th: Powell Harrison, George M. Cochran, Jr., H. H. Peck, P. B. Hoge, E. M. Cushing, and R. M. Guy.
(Names in announcement: Powell Harrison, George M. CochranJr., H. H. Peck, P. B. Hoge, E. M. Cushing, R. M. Guy)
[No Title]
(Column 01)
Summary: The paper announces the appointment by the governor of John G. Fulton as Notary Public for Augusta.
(Names in announcement: John G. Fulton)
[No Title]
(Column 02)
Summary: The paper reports that two companies of U. S. cavalry passed Mount Jackson while looking for Capt. Lincoln.
Heavy Old Wind
(Column 02)
Summary: The paper reports that a tornado damaged the Soldier's Home and destroyed the frame of Dr. R. L. Madison's house on Stuart's Hill. "The loss to Smith and Booth, the contractors, will be about $300."
Oil Excitement
(Column 02)
Summary: The paper reports that $300 "were subscribed to a company, formed to develop the oil on Isaac Myers' place near Churchville" where "every indication of oil has been discovered." "Oil was all the talk Court day, and great excitement was the consequence."
[No Title]
(Column 02)
Summary: The paper reports that the "great game of chess between the Staunton and Churchville Clubs" resulted in a victory for Churchville. "Judges here say that Staunton made a gallant fight, and, like the Army of Northern Virginia, only yielded 'to overwhelming numbers and resources.'"
[No Title]
(Column 02)
Summary: The paper reports that "last Friday night the famous Stonewall Band entertained and enlivened the town by playing a few tunes on the promenade on top of the American Hotel." The band will play for the railroad convention meeting in Staunton, "and it is not necessary to tell any one that it will be good."
County Court
(Column 02)
Summary: M. D. Gearhart, Julia Painter, and George Greaver, Sr. were indicted for petit larceny. The following qualified as Justices: J. Marshall McVae, Chesley Kinney, Thomas J. Burke, W. F. Smith, James F. Hite, A. Koiner, J. S. Ellis, S. B. Finley, T. Gamble, J. Wayt Bell and David Kunkle. The Middlebrook and Brownsburg Turnpike was taken over by the county from the company, and the court issued an order directing road commissioner J. M. Lidey to divide the road into precincts and "assign hands to work it." A. W. Greaver was remanded to Circuit Court for trial on felony charges.
(Names in announcement: M. D. Gearhart, Julia Painter, George GreaverSr., J. Marshall McVae, Chesley Kinney, Thomas J. Burke, W. F. Smith, James F. Hite, A. Koiner, J. S. Ellis, S. B. Finley, T. Gamble, J. Wayt Bell, David Kunkle, J. M. Lidey, A. W. Greaver)
Native Genius
(Column 02)
Summary: The paper reports that William Donovan, a member of the Staunton Artillery, fashioned a plaster bust of Stonewall Jackson.
(Names in announcement: William Donovan)
Full Text of Article:

Some time ago we alluded to a model in plaster of a bust of Stonewall Jackson by our young friend, William Donovan, a private in the celebrated Staunton Artillery and a worthy member of that company. He has finished the model and it is pronounced a good likeness of General Jackson by members of his staff. It is the intention of Mr. Donovan to carve it in the finest marble and place it on exhibition in Baltimore. Taking into consideration the fact that Mr. Donovan has had no opportunity to improve himself for the last five years, this great work shows remarkable genius, and it should be cultivated. Soldiers who served under Jackson are invited to call at Marquis and Kelley's and see the likeness of their beloved leader.

"Universle Amnesty"
(Column 03)
Summary: The paper reprints the Charlottesville Chronicle's objections to a Congressional compromise proposal granting universal amnesty for Confederates in exchange for suffrage for African Americans.
Full Text of Article:

The Charlottesville Chronicle says: "The most impertinent thing of the session is the late resolution of the Conservative Senator Stewart, of Nevada, for universal suffrage and universal amnesty as a compromise. We may save our necks and get into Congress by universal negro suffrage; this from a Conservative Republican. We suppose the Radical ground is, suffrage to the negroes in the South, and to nobody else. Senator Stewart offers this as an olive-branch to the South, for the consideration of each State.

This reminds us of two negroes who got into a fight, and the big one beat the little one almost to death, who hallooed "nuff." They got upon their feet, when Caesar seized Pompey (the little nigger) firmly by the collar, and addressed him thus: "Now, Pomp, I don't want any bad feelings atwixt us, and I pose to comp'mise--just take off you shirt, old fellar, and I'll hit you. Pomp. 150 lashes--and then you can put on your shirt again and go about your business--and no questions axed--I offer you, Pomp, a universle amnesty.

The Virginia Insurance Company
(Column 03)
Summary: The paper announces that the Virginia Insurance Company, chartered by the legislature and holding $200,000 in capital stock subscriptions, is ready to begin business. The following were named to the Board of Directors: H. M. Bell (president), William H. Tams (secretary), Dr. B. B. Donaghe, B. F. Points, E. W. Bayly, B. P. Beirne, and William B. [name unclear]. "The liberal charter of this Company will probably make its stock one of the most remunerative investments for money now offered, and the ample capital upon which its business is based, and the known character of its officers and managers for business capacity and integrity, will afford to those who may insure their property in its office, those guarantees which would justify such manifestation of their confidence."
(Names in announcement: H. M. Bell, William H. Tams, Dr. B. B. Donaghe, B. F. Points, E. W. Bayly, B. P. Beirne)
Idle Negroes
(Column 03)
Summary: The paper reprints an item from the Richmond Whig claiming that "hundreds upon hundreds of idle and unemployed negroes congregate from morning until midnight around the circus pavilion. These toil not, neither do they spin, nor are they arrayed more gloriously than Solomon."
(Column 03)
Summary: Mr. William Henry Spears and Miss Mary E. Lancaster, both of Staunton, were married on March 22 by the Rev. Mr. Armstrong.
(Names in announcement: William Henry Spears, Mary E. Lancaster)
(Column 03)
Summary: Mr. William P. Johnson and Miss Sarah Virginia Eidson, both of Augusta, were married on March 20th at the residence of the bride's father near Mt. Sidney by the Rev. J. J. Engle.
(Names in announcement: William P. Johnson, Sarah Virginia Eidson, Rev. J. J. Engle)
(Column 03)
Summary: Mrs. Mary Whitzel, wife of Samuel Whitzel and daughter of the late William Summerville, died of consumption on March 13th.

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Stonewall Jackson: In Memoriam
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Summary: The paper prints the following poem honoring the memory of Stonewall Jackson.
Origin of Article: The Norfolk Virginian
Full Text of Article:

It is not mine to bind thy brow
With laurels of undying fame;
To get on Glory's pinnacle,
In living characters, thy name.
Not mine to strike the lofty song
That [unclear] the deathless [unclear]
And yet a hero's child may lay
A flower upon a hero's grave.

I knew him well. A starnger came
Just quietly, and took his place,
And did you wish to respect the man,
You need but look on his face,
The forehead [unclear]--the calm, clear eye
That marked the true and steadfast soul,
And every [unclear]
A will, that [unclear]

I knew him when the [unclear]
That hallowed all his future [unclear]
And when the lady of his love
Became the happy, cherished wife,
One year of joy, and hope, and peace,
And she, awhile was the bride,
Lay in her last and dreamless sleep,
A lifeless infant at her side.

"Have you seen Ellie," I had shrunk
With fainting heart and quickened breath,
From this strange blending at one stroke,
Of health with sickness, life with death.
But at his will I went; and while
I trembled with mysterious awe,
I thought it then, and still it seems
The saddest sight I ever saw.

The sunlight [unclear] on her hair,
Her cheek, [unclear], looked the same;
And the sad tone was in my ear,
That often to my memory came;
"Have you seen Ellie?" Oh! the crush
Of early love and manly pride;
And, if it were the will of God,
This night I'd lie down by her side.

Not yet--not yet! 'Twas his to strike,
With living fire, the hearts of men;
To lead them through the battle storm,
As though it were a summer rain,
To make his name the rallying cry,
That bore our hosts to victory on
A household word in foreign lands
Wherever Freedom's throb is known.

"Not yet--not yet!" A little child,
In simple and implicit faith,
'Twas his to be the world-renowned--
Sublime in life, sublime in death.
Not yet. 'Twas his from vanquished foes,
To wrest a tribute to his worth;
Then, at God's will, to lay aside
The highest honors known to earth.

S. H. S.
V. M. I., January, 1866.