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The Burning of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania   By: (1806-1874)

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Since the appearance of the first edition of this work, kind friends and strangers from abroad have been prompted to send contributions for the sufferers of our town, sometimes specifying who shall be the recipients, sometimes leaving it discretionary with myself, and sometimes designating the particular denomination of Christians to whose most needy members the gifts should be applied. In order to afford an opportunity to all , to avail themselves of such methods as may be most acceptable, I will here say, that contributions to the General Relief Committee may be sent to the Treasurer, G. R. Messersmith , Esq., Cashier of the Bank of Chambersburg.

Those wishing to make the pastors of the different churches (all of which have suffered very greatly) to be the almoners of their bounty, can send as follows:

First Reformed Church, Rev. P. S. Davis.

Second " " (German), Rev. B. S. Schneck.

Presbyterian, Rev. S. J. Niccolls.

Lutheran, German (without a pastor). Money can be sent to Rev. F. W. Conrad.

Methodist, Rev. Mr. Barnhart.

United Brethren in Christ, Rev. J. Dickson.

Roman Catholic, Rev. John Gerdeman.

Bethel (Church of God), Mr. W. G. Mitchell.



Single copies sent by mail, free of postage, at the usual retail price, 40 & 60 cts. By the dozen, in cloth, $5 40 (If sent by express, the receiver pays charges if by mail, 72 cents per dozen copies added to the above price,) or 6 12 By the dozen, in paper, 3 60 Postage per dozen copies, 40c., 4 00 By the hundred, in cloth, 40 00 " " " in paper covers, 26 67

No books given on commission.

Agents wishing to canvass particular sections or counties, can apply to the author at Chambersburg.

Agents wanted for a number of counties in the eastern and western portion of Pennsylvania, and also for Ohio, Indiana, etc.

A German edition, in a condensed form, will shortly leave the press, which will retail at 30 cents in paper, and 50 cents in cloth.

By the dozen, in paper, $2 70 Postage per dozen copies, 30 By the dozen, in cloth, 4 50 Postage, 60 By the hundred, in paper, 20 00 " " " in cloth, 33 33


The following are a few of the notices given by the public press to this work in its first edition:

"It is invaluable as the only account of the most fiendish act of the war that is in a form to be preserved." Colonel A. K. MCCLURE, in the Chambersburg " Franklin Repository ," Sept. 28, 1864.

"To readers of every class we take great pleasure in commending this truthful narrative as a valuable contribution to the history of the war.... The incidents of the burning are detailed by Dr. Schneck with a vividness which makes his account of that barbarous transaction as graphic as it is authentic." Editor of Washington " National Intelligencer ," Oct. 6.

"The source from which it proceeds carries with it sufficient authority as to the correctness of its statements. It will be read generally with interest and will doubtless receive a large circulation." " German Reformed Messenger ," Oct. 5.

"This little book should be read by every Pennsylvanian. The scenes therein so simply and yet so touchingly depicted, have no parallel for horror in any war among civilized nations except our own... Continue reading book >>

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