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heir property but their lives and sacred honor in defence of a political and military despotism, for which their fathers did not fight. After stopping to rest several times and filling up our canteens with good cool water, we came in sight of Falls Church, distant about ten miles from our encampment. This is a neat village, containing about twelve families and four churches, at one of which it is said that General Washington often attended service. The boundary line of the original District of Columbia runs just beyond Falls Church. After passing the line stones of this District, now called the County of Alexandria, we marched about three quarters of a mile and stretched our arms upon Brandymore Castle, near the Alexandria, Loudoun and Hampshire railroad. The eagerness and anxiety of our soldiers here to see the Yankee Capital surpassed all bounds. It was almost impossible for the military authorities to keep their men in camp. The nearest point from which a view of Washingt
selves out of every defeat which they sustain in their sorties upon our forces. Camp Advance, Va., Sept. 11, 1861. --The Seventy-ninth regiment of Highlanders, New York State militia, ordered on a special reconnoisance in the direction of Falls Church, left camp at one o'clock A. M., Sept. 10, and proceeded to a place designated through the various by paths, without disturbing the enemy's pickets, and arrived there at daybreak. The command was divided into two wings to guard the approach of the enemy. Soon after the men had been posted firing was heard in the direction of Lewinsville, and a body of cavalry came from the direction of Falls Church, and when endeavoring to pass where we were posted, our men were ordered to fire, which they did, causing the enemy to retreat. Previous to their retreating, which was caused by a well-directed fire from the left wing, under command of Capt. John Falconer, the enemy fired on us, killing one, private John Downie, of the eighth company.