Summary of Content: Vice-President Stephens at Fortress Monroe, Great Riot in New York - Conscription Register, Raid on Wytheville., , An article describes a lightning incident. Several articles report war activity, and congressional election results are noted. A long article describes a riot in New York City, including the beating of several black people. An editorial examines a new militia law.
Background: The paper was printed in Salem, North Carolina from 1851-1892, when it was absorbed by the Western Sentinel. At the time of this collection, the paper was edited and printed by L.V. Blum, who owned the Salem Printing Office. He also published and sold the annual Farmers’ and Planters’ Almanac.