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Staunton Spectator: October 7, 1862

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Description of Page: Advertisements, columns 1-5; poem, account of the pursuit of federal forces on the Kanawha River, news from Europe, letter from Western Virginia, column 7

A List of the Soldiers in this Section of the Valley who were Killed and who Died from Disease, Wounds, &c.
(Column 6)
Summary: Lists men from the Shenandoah Valley who have thus far died in battle or from disease while serving in the military.
(Names in announcement: James Wilson, Capt. Sterrett, John D. Wyant, James W. Baskin, Capt. Antrim, William Woodward, Capt. Waters, Capt. White, Capt. Roberts, Henry Wilson, Frank Shuey, Joab Sasley, John Whitmore, William Harris, Capt. Newton, William Harris, John O. Wilson, Capt. Long, Samuel Palmer, Capt. Dabney, William Branneman, Brig. Gen. Ashby, Lt. Clinton King, Capt. Bateman, William Huff, Capt. Williams, John Brubeck, William Randolph, John Harris, Captain Gibson, John Hoover, Charles Gay, William Berry, Capt. McClung, James W. Hamilton, Col. William S. H. Baylor, Capt. E. Garber, S. Bateman, Capt. Gibson, Frank Trainer, Maj. William Patrick, Luther McComb, Capt. Hugh White, Capt. McClung, Henry Kennedy, George Trainer, Capt. Dabney, Dorsey Freed, William DoldF., Capt. J. Lilley, William HarnsbergerH., Gen. Robertson, Lieut. Preston Byers, Capt. Sims, Josiah WhitmoreL., Capt. Cline, William Pannell, J. Craun, Corp. Dinkle, J. Dunlap, J. Teter, J. Bush, Capt. Watkins, Lt. Nick, Jacob Griever, Benjamin Brown, James F. Bazel, William Curry, Fayette Campbell, William Brook, John Boze, Webster C. McCue, Lieut. Thomas L. Harman, James A. Frazer, James GuthrieH., John L. Baskin, Capt. Samuel Lambert, Gamble Dalhouse, Columbus Davis, Capt. R. Lilley, William Finley, John Smiteman, William McCue, James Moorman, Samuel Christian, Daniel Christ, William Palmer, David Whitesel, James Brown, B. M. Bosserman, Capt. Randolph, Charles Christian, Capt. McClung, Teliaferro Crawford, William GuyM., Zacharia Johnston, William Powers, William Miller, William Harrison Baker, John Sterrett, Lieut. John Cochran)

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Description of Page: Brief news items, column 6; Richmond markets, list of people who have letters remaining in the Staunton post office, advertisements, column 7

Lincoln's Fiendish Proclamation
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Summary: Expresses a violent and disgusted reaction to Lincoln's decision to issue the Emancipation Proclamation.
Full Text of Article:

Since the time our first parents were expelled from Paradise, and

"They hand in hand, with wandering steps and slow,
Through Eden took their solitary way,"

there has not been as much joy in Pandemonium as at this time. The Arch-Fiend in the regions of woe, "grins horribly a ghastly smile," for he and his emissaries upon earth--the extreme abolitionists--have succeeded in prevailing upon "Old Abe" to issue a proclamation of emancipation which will send a thrill of horror through all civilized nations. He invites the servile population of the South to enact the bloody scene of St. Domingo throughout the limits of the Southern Confederacy.--Before he committed this act of atrocity, in reply to the Committee sent by a meeting of the "Christians (!) of all denominations" of Chicago, who were, at the instigation of Satan, urging upon him to perpetrate it, he said that, "he had been considering it night and day for some time--that he raised no objection to it on legal or constitutional grounds, for as Commander-in-Chief of the army and navy, in time of war, he supposed he had a right to adopt any measure which might best subdue the enemy, and that he urged no objections of a moral nature in view of possible consequences of insurrection and massacre at the South, but viewed the matter as a practical war measure to be decided upon according to the advantages or disadvantages it may offer to the suppression of the rebellion."

Having no legal, constitutional, nor moral objections, he had but little difficulty in coming to the conclusion that it would be a "good practical war measure." In a word, the devil triumphed, and Lincoln issued his proclamation, which has "crowned the pyramid of his infamies with an atrocity abhorred of men, and at which even demons might shudder."

After the Committee of abolitionists from Chicago had retired, and when he was in some perplexity as to the course he should adopt, Satan, his potential ally, "squat like a toad at his ear," addressed him, as Milton represents Death as addressing Sin within the gates of Hell, as follows:

"Go whither Fate and inclination strong
Leads thee; I shall not lag behind nor err
The way, thou leading; such a scent I draw
Of carnage, prey innumerable, and taste
The savor of death from all things there that live;
Nor shall I to the work thou enterprises!
Be wanting, but afford thee equal aid."

"Facilis desgensus Averni." There is now no obstruction in the downward road he is travelling, for from the position he now occupies there is

"A passage broad,
Smooth, easy, inoffensive, down to Hell."

His astute ally knew when to approach him. He seized that time when he was writhing under the mortification of a succession of defeats, and when he was blinded by an intensified envenoned [sic] animosity. The fiendish criminality of his act is only equaled by its folly and fertility, for it will have no practical effect, as it will not emancipate a slave who would not have been freed without it. His proclamation, practically, is merely

"Sound and fury, signifying nothing,"

for notwithstanding it, he must rely solely upon the strength and bravery of his armies. Wherever he has had the power to do so, he has emancipated the slaves heretofore, and he cannot emancipate beyond the limits of his military lines. Not as many will be emancipated in future as heretofore, because the owners will now remove them before the enemy can get possession. He aims a deadly blow, but, like the blinded moccasin in August, he strikes his envenomed fangs into himself instead of his intended victim. This proclamation which exposes the criminal animus of its author, will strengthen the South and weaken the North, and bring down upon the Lincoln Administration the condemnation of the whole civilized world. Fearing to trust even the people of the North, he at the same time, issued another proclamation, suspending the writ of habeas corpus, and applying the rigor of martial law to all persons who may utter a word of complaint against the issue of his fiendish proclamation.--They will be thrown into prison without any means of redress. The Lincoln Government is now the most tyranical [sic] military despotism which has ever existed upon the earth. As compared with the "blackness of darkness" of Lincoln's character, those of all criminals who have "existed in the tide of Time" assumed a radiance of virtue. In comparing him with Butler, the tyrant of New Orleans, the Richmond Enquirer says:

"Butler has been called infamous--by common consent he is know as the Beast. But Butler is a saint compared to his master. In addition to all that Butler authorized, Lincoln adds butchery--even the butchery of babes! Language is too poor to furnish a name suitable for such a character. Nay, the whole catalogue of dishonoring epithets is not sufficient to do justice to it. "Murderer" is a term of honor compared to Lincoln's crime. "Child and woman-murderer" tells but part of the story.--To this is added the cowardice of employing an agent. To this belongs the additional fact that the agent, when unloosed, is a savage. To this is added the further fact that Lincoln dooms his agent to destruction. What shall we call him? coward? assassin? savage? the murderer of women and babes, and the false destroyer of his own deluded allies?--Shall we consider these as all embodied in the word "fiend!" and shall we call him that? Lincoln, the Fiend! Let history take hold of him, and let the civilized world fling its scorpion lash upon him!"

"The Southern Illustrated News"
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Summary: Announces the publication of a new "literary and family paper" in Richmond and urges its readers to support this venture.
The Exemption Bill
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Summary: Reports that the Exemption Bill has passed both houses of Congress. Announces that a full transcript of the final bill will be printed in the Spectator at a later date.
Remember the Poor
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Summary: Urges the citizens of Augusta to join in the effort to provide for the poor during the upcoming winter.
Wounded Soldiers
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Summary: Reports that thousands of wounded soldiers are arriving in Staunton following the fighting in Maryland.
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Summary: Reports the capture at Charleston, Kanawha of Samuel Price and Reverend John Brown, citizens of Greenbrier in Augusta County.
(Names in announcement: Samuel Price, John Brown)
The Case of Charles K. Hyde
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Summary: Relates the current proceedings in the case of Charles Hyde, a resident of Augusta County who was charged with procuring substitutes illegally.
(Names in announcement: Charles K. Hyde)
Stop the Speculators
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Summary: Urges farmers not to sell their surplus crops to speculators and instead to hold on to crops such as grains for consumption at home.
Origin of Article: Lexington Gazette
Editorial Comment: "We would invite the attention of our readers to the following article from the last number of the Lexington Gazette, as what is said of Rockbridge applies with equal potency to Augusta and other counties:"
The Sale of Property
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Summary: Reports that property of all kinds is being sold at present for the highest cash prices that have ever been available. Remarks that this is an ideal time for those who are in debt to sell their property and become solvent.
To Post Masters
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Summary: Requests that issues of the Spectator that are not removed from the post offices be returned to the Spectator office. Also asks that post masters let the paper know which subscribers are likely to pay and which are not.
Full Text of Article:

We would respectfully request Post Masters to return to us such copies of the "Spectator" as are not taken out of their Offices, and would earnestly request them to be careful to write the name of the Post-Office upon each number retured [sic], that we may be enabled to find them upon our books. Any information from Post-Masters respecting the responsibility of subscribers and the probability of their paying or not paying for their papers would be thankfully received. The present price of materials is too high to enable us to send papers in persons who will not pay for them.--We desire to have prompt and punctual paying subscribers, such as we are happy to say most of our subscribers in this county are. The wheat must be winnowed from the chaff.

The Salt Bill
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Summary: Reports the passage of the salt bill, which gives the governor discretion in securing the production and distribution of salt.
Help Wanted
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Summary: Urges citizens of Staunton and Augusta County to send food to the wounded soldiers in the hospital at Staunton.
Origin of Article: Lexington Gazette
Synod of Virginia
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Summary: Lists the ministers in attendance at the Synod of Virginia, which met in Staunton the previous Wednesday, October 1. Reports the proceedings of the meeting and the resolutions that the Synod adopted.
List of Casualties in the ...
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Summary: Lists soldiers from Augusta who were wounded or killed in the battle at Manassas and in Maryland.
(Names in announcement: Samuel Carroll, Samuel Patterson, Jacob H. Dull, Lieut. Col. James Skinner, Peter Goode, James H. Long, Joseph Davis, Lt. John Byers, Benjamin F. Baylay, George W. Swink, Archibald F. Rife, Daniel Huff, Solomon Smith, George Trainer, Thomas Humphreys, Samuel Wright, A. J. Chandler, Nathan Creek, Capt. James Marshall, Martin Miller, John J. Hoover, Samuel Weaver, John McCutchen, John LambertM., Jacob Gollady, G. E. Crist, J. Mays, William Harlow, R. M. Lipscomb, Joseph A. Peterson, Corp. Cupp, William G. Kesterson, Jonas Daggy, Simon Cook, Charles A. Scott, E. M. Andersen, James HamiltonW., W. F. Dodd, John M. Taliaferro, Jacob Sheets, George Landis, A. J. Black, Andrew Gilmore, Andrew Robertson, Joseph Glen, Joseph Phillips, William S. Black, John H. Miller, William D. Reed, Alexander Reed, Charles Windon)