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steadily continued on our march, giving no head to the ten thousand eager advisers we met by the way, who warned us not to go to the Ferry; that there were "masked batteries" at this and that place, and that if we did venture into the town we would certainly be all destroyed. Nothing, however, could daunt the intrepid Ashby, or turn him from his predetermined course. He knew the men he commanded — at least a portion of them — and knew them to be brave. They had fought by his side on Kelley's Island, and he well knew they would fight with him again. With the courage of the "Mountain Rangers, " the corps he long commanded, he was thoroughly acquainted; and with them by his side he felt sure of success, let him encounter any odds. Fortunately for us, perhaps, we marched into the town without encountering anything whatever. There was not a single Federal soldier to be seen on this side of the river.--We soon discovered, however, several on the opposite shore, where it was reported