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Valley Virginian: June 10, 1868

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Ladies Memorial Association. Memorial Day, Saturday, June 18th, 1868
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Summary: This article lists the order of events and the participants of a grave decoration ceremony sponsored by the Ladies Memorial Association. Noted are the officers of various Virginia units, the several musical numbers performed, and the collection of contributions.
(Names in announcement: Rev. John C. Clarke, Rev. George B. Taylor, Maj. Frank H. Bowman, Col. Bolivar Christian, Maj. H. M. Bell, Maj. Hanger, Capt. Bumgardner, Capt. Cochran, Capt. Catlett, Col. J. B. Baldwin, Col. M. G. Harman, Gen. John Echols, Gen. R. D. Lilley, Col. J. H. Skinner, Col. A. W. Harman, Col. H. J. Williams, Capt. Hotchkiss, Capt. Bayley, Maj. A. Kinney, Capt. Waters, Capt. Arnall, Maj. Newton, Capt. Pierce)
Full Text of Article:


Ceremonies to commence at 9 o'clock A.M., at the Methodist Church, under the auspices of Rev. John C. Clarke.

1st. Music: Solo and Chorus; "O'er Forest, o'er Mountain and Meadow," (from "Moses in Egypt") by the Staunton Musical Association.

2nd. Prayer by Rev. George B. Taylor,

3rd. Music; Solo and Chorus; "Land of the Trumpet and Spear," (from Anna Bolena")--by the Musical Association.

4th. Address by Maj. Frank H. Bowman.

5th. Music; Solo and Chorus; "Rest Soldiers Rest," (Rooke) by the Musical Association.


"Col. Bolivar Christian, Maj. H. M. Bell. Maj. Hanger, Capt. Bumgardner, Capt. Cochran and Capt. Catlett will receive the audience at the Church, and assign the seats appropriately, and in order for the procession--to prevent any confusion."


Chief Marshal--Col. J.B. Baldwin.
Aide Col. M.G. Harman.
Gen. John Echols.
Gen. R.D. Lilley.
Chief Marshal and Assistants, Mounted Assistant Marshals
Col J.H. Skinner, 52nd Va. Infantry.
Col A.W. Harman, 12th Va. Cavalry.
Col J.D. Lilley, 52nd Va. Infantry.
Col H.J. Williams, 5th Va. Infantry.


The procession to the Cemetery will form promptly at the close of the ceremonies at the Church, and march under the music of the "Band of the Institution," and the "Stonewall Band."

At the cemetery: Decoration of the Graves of the Dead.

The procession on its return will be dismissed at the Court House Street, at 1 o'clock.

Capt. Hotchkiss, Capt. Bayley, Maj. A Kinney, Capt. Waters, Capt Arnall, Maj. Newton and Capt. Pierce will receive voluntary contributions at the church doors and the cemetery gates.

The conductors and officers on the railroad trains east & west will receive contributions of flowers along the road on Friday evening and on Saturday morning next.

All places of business will be closed from 9 to 1 o'clock.

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Summary: A fair was held at Union Hall for the benefit of the African American Baptist congregation.
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Summary: Miss Sue Ritenour will hold a benefit concert at the Deaf, Dumb, and Blind Institution on June 15th.
(Names in announcement: Sue Ritenour)
Very Good
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Summary: The ladies of the Presbyterian Church raised $700 at the festivals they held at the town hall.
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Summary: Wild strawberries are growing in abundance on Betsy Bell and many of her sister hills. Many of the freedmen are making money by gathering them and selling them in town.
To Mechanics
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Summary: The paper asserts that at least one hundred men wish to build in Staunton this season, but only half that number will be able to do so because of a lack of mechanics.
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Summary: Jacob Bailey and Mrs. M. S. Almarode, both of Augusta, were married on May 30th by the Rev. A. A. J. Bushong.
(Names in announcement: Jacob Bailey, M. S. Almarode, Rev. A. A. J. Bushong)
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Summary: William Shumake and Miss Martha A. Ross of Mt. Sidney were married on June 4th by the Rev. J. J. Engle.
(Names in announcement: William Shumake, Martha A. Ross, Rev. J. J. Engle)
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Summary: Matthias Gayhart died near Hebron Church on May 26th. He was 84 years old.
(Names in announcement: Matthias Gayhart)

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