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hed from Winchester on the first day of the present year, it might have been regarded a brilliant achievement, and one worthy of the thanks of the country, if by the first day of February he could expel from the limits of his military district the Northern invaders, who had taken possession of a large portion of it, and who had made their arrangements for wintering there. At that time two-thirds of the large and wealthy county of Hampshire, with the rich values of the South Branch and Patterson's Creek, were in their possession. They had a force of 8,000 infantry at Romney, with a good proportion of cavalry, and twenty cannon — all protected by strong and formidable artificial defences, 2,000 troops at Springfield, nine miles distant, and 1,000 at Green Spring Valley, sixteen miles from Romney. So, in like manner, the entire county of Morgan was in the possession or under the control of the enemy, where they had from 1,500 to 2,000 infantry, sixty cavalry and two pieces of artiller