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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 34. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.33 (search)
panied Colonel Fontaine as his adjutant. Mrs. Fontaine also accompanied her husband to Western Virginia and spent the entire winter in the home of the late Colonel Paul McNeil, of the Little Levels of Pocahontas county. This gentleman had represented Pocahontas county in the Constitutional Convention of 1861, and the writer is hiturnpike does, but had to keep on the east side of the river all the way down to Beverley's. One company of cavalry went in advance of the infantry. This was Captain McNeil's, and was selected because they were the best mounted men. After going a short distance, General Imboden told Captain McNeil to pick out five or six of the sCaptain McNeil to pick out five or six of the swiftest horses and put them far enough in front to apprise him of any approach. Billie was one of the horses chosen, and I rode him, Billie was in all his glory that day. The first party we struck was a foraging party, after corn and hay, with thirty-two good mules in the wagons. We rode right into them before they knew of our p
ladies of Virginia. Huntersville, Sept. 3, 1861. Before leaving Huntersville, where I have been stationed for the past five weeks as surgeon, I feel it my duty, as it certainly is my pleasure, to return publicly my grateful acknowledgments to the ladies of "Cub Creek Church," Charlotte county, and to the "Ladies' Secession Aid Society," of Lexington, for the kindly and timely aid, in the shape of bedding, clothes, &c., &c., extended to our soldiers, who have been sick here. Mrs. Paul McNeil, and other ladies of this county, are entitled to our heartfelt thanks for the valuable assistance which they have rendered us by furnishing our sick with a full supply of properly cooked bread, and that without any compensation. For myself, I can say that, called to contend with disease in its most protean forms, in a sparsely settled and sterile country, where very few of the appliances of my profession could be obtained, the contributions of the ladies were God-sends indeed, and