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Fortifications of the enemy
General Banks at Harper's Ferry
cavalry raids and picket guard on the Upper Potomac
the little town of Waterford
our scouts in Maryland
daring of Elijah White
capture of McClellan's orderlies.
It now appeared, from the presence of large bodies of the enemy at all the fordnted; and the clamors of the press seemed to indicate that public opinion would precipitate hostilities.
A general of the ranting, raving type of Abolitionism (N. P. Banks, of Massachusetts) commanded Harper's Ferry and the whole line of the Upper Potomac, and it was confidently expected that he would succeed in breaking the backbmistaken.
I shall just go out of town, and put up at P--‘s for the night; what say you, Smidt?
said he to another aide.
You are not going on with your papers to Banks to night, eh?
They'll keep, man, they an't important, so let's make a night of it, and put in an excuse of lame horses!
Both agreed to the plan, and about an hou
success over them; but the truth was all guns were quietly removed and the batteries abandoned long before the gunboats gave their final shellings.
A great move was evidently preparing by both parties, but few could guess its object.
Banks and others at Harper's Ferry were in great force, and were beginning to move up the Shenandoah slowly and cautiously.
General ( Stonewall ) Jackson had been detached from Manassas before Christmas, with about three thousand men, which, together ot more.
He was ably seconded by Generals Ewell and Ashby, and no three men in the Confederacy knew the country better.
Although their force was small, and that of the enemy large, they unexpectedly appeared and disappeared like phantoms before Banks and Shields, acting like Jack-o‘--lanterns to draw them on to destruction.
Our position on the Upper Potomac at Leesburgh was also threatened at not less than four points, namely, westward, from Lovettsville and Harper's Ferry; northward, fro