Royal were turning gray with the hordes of rebels who were pouring in upon us. Whatever officers may have thought, the men were convinced by this time, of two things — namely, that we were surrounded, and that the force was overwhelming.
Before this, every one said, It was only Jenkins or Imboden; but when we considered all these things, and had the additional evidence of the regiments which skirmished with the enemy Sunday forenoon, we had no doubt that the brave desperate legions of Stonewall Jackson were again in the valley.
Deserters had come in as early as Friday, and reported that even then we were skirmishing with the advance-guard of a rebel corps numbering over thirty thousand. General Milroy ought to have known this.
Who can say that he had any right to rest satisfied with partial information concerning a force sufficient to overwhelm and destroy him?
I care not what others say; I know our effective force was less than eight thousand.
Why, we had only ten regiments of i