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Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2. 2 0 Browse Search
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Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., A woman's recollections of Antietam. (search)
A woman's recollections of Antietam. by Mary Bedinger Mitchell. In the Wake of battle.September, 1862, was in the skies of tile almanac, but August still reigned in ours; it was hot and dusty. The railroads in the Shenandoah Valley had been torn up, the bridges had been destroyed, communication had been made difficult, and Shepherdstown, cornered by the bend of the Potomac, lay as if forgotten in the bottom of somebody's pocket. We were without news or knowledge, except when some chance traveler would repeat the last wild and uncertain rumor that he had heard. We had passed an exciting summer. Winchester had changed hands more than once; we had been in the Confederacy and out of it again, and were now waiting, in an exasperating state of ignorance and suspense, for the next move in the great game. It was a saying with us that Shepherdstown was just nine miles from every-where. It was, in fact, about that distance from Martinsburg and Harper's Ferry — oft-mentioned names