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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 15: the Army of the Potomac on the Virginia Peninsula. (search)
xtracts from the manuscript records of his brigade, kept by his young adjutant. In it was the statement, that when Ewell's force was near Front Royal, a young woman was seen running toward them. She had made a circuit to avoid the Yankees, and she sent word to General Jackson, by officers who went to meet her, to push on — only one regiment in the town, and that might be completely surprised; if we pressed on we might get the whole. This young lady was the afterward notorious rebel spy, Belle Boyd, who was to my eye, recorded the adjutant, pleasant and lady-like in appearance, and certainly had neither freckled face, red hair and large mouth, as the New York Herald said she had. She seemed embarrassed by the novelty of her position, and very anxious that we should push on. That gallant Marylander See page 553, volume I. made a spirited resistance against the overwhelming force, ten times his own in Fac-Simile of Jackson's note to Ewell. this is an exact fac-simile of Jacks