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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 8. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Reminiscences of the Powhatan troop of cavalry in 1861. (search)
nknown but now historic village of Manassas. There was no fun, no merriment that night. The only remnant of the We will be gay and happy still, so lustily shouted on the march, was the still part. The inhabitants received us coldly — some denied us the use of their wells; but this soon changed. They naturally at first dreaded the reputed lawlessness of the mounted ranger ; but when they found they had gentlemen as soldiers, their kindness was great. Even our best friend afterwards, old Mr. Hooe, houghed us at first; but we encamped upon his farm during our whole stay at Manassas, greatly to his grief at first, but soon he came to look upon us as a part of his family, and his evident emotion when we parted was touching. I think we had few or no troops of any arm of the service there then. We were the first, or among the first, military inhabitants of this celebrated post, but soon Marye's rifles and Corse's regiment were followed by all the troops from Alexandria, and formed th