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The enemy appear in beautiful order on hights near Strasburg, evidently to turn our left.
If they keep on, in a few minutes we shall join issue.
Their numbers, order, and deliberation look enough to scare Confeds, but nil desperandum, our motto.
We are in say one half mile of each other, where they fall back, in a hurry too. We watch them as they rapidly disappear toward Washington — at a loss to know what it means — the general supposition is that Longstreet has come to our relief via Front Royal.
Rain. We have put up a shanty.
August 14.--Sunday, clear, hot; 7 A. M., ordered out to make a reconnoissance.
Our brigade (Smith's) and two pieces of artillery marched through Strasburg on to the bights, when sharpshooters were immediately engaged; lay the whole day behind the artillery, in line, and about sundown returned and took up our old position on the ridge near the Shenandoah River.
The enemy are in strong force, and fortifying on Cedar Creek, about three miles from us. We