e at all hazards ; and such instructions to a fighting general were likely to be fulfilled to the letter.
The possession of Leesburgh was, in truth, of paramount importance to us. It was populous and wealthy, and, withal, situated in a county more fruitful in supplies than any other in the State.
The people of Leesburgh had been somewhat disaffected to our cause, but that had all passed, and now none were more enthusiastic for independence.
The rail and other roads from Washington to Winchester ran through the town, and should it. fall, a large area of fruitful country, with the accumulated crops, both in Loudon and the Shenandoah Valley, would fall into Northern hands — a consummation devoutly wished by the Federals, as Maryland was incapable of supplying their wants.
They had, moreover, to pay for what they got from their friends ; whereas by being quartered-among the rebels, that inconvenience would be spared them, and a vast expense saved.
Our service under these circum