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d? What! give up their city without striking a blow?" The people were astonished and indignant at the way they were handed over to the enemy's mercy and occupation. But what could they do? When Generals and armed and drilled soldiers give up and retire, what can unarmed and undisciplined citizens do before a foe advancing by land and water? "Throw brickbats at them," said one. Indeed! That would be well enough if the enemy would deal in the same missiles. The bones of General Jackson, the defender of New Orleans, must have turned in his grave, at the Hermitage, a few miles away, at such a surrender. A few months before, on urgent call, every man who had a rifle or double-barrel gun had brought it forward and given it up for army service. Not fifty serviceable guns could our citizens have mustered. No, not even pikes, though they had just enrolled themselves and resolved to have them made, and if Gen. Johnston made a stand before the city they were resolved to
this point in two divisions, one traveling the Timber Ridge of Bland road, the other traveling the Senace path. They then surrounded Capt Lanes's company, captured come of his pickets, and drove the company to the east side of North Fork, stole horses from Meses Merper, Jacob Phares, and other citizens. They had a great many halters with and geame prepared to steal all the horsemen, cattle, clothing, money, and other besetting to Sunday morning, at 1 o'clock, P. Pharea, Jr., Sheriff of Pendleton, arrived at 12 miles West of Franklin, from the "Hunting Grounds," and reported that there were at least four hundred more of the enemy at that point, on their advance to Olrelesville. At the announcement of this news many citizens On the same morning a member of the Charlotte Cavalry arrived at Frank with a dispatch to Major Jackson, from near camp, stating that sharp firing was them on at that point, Major sent a dispatch, communicating this feet to Gen. Johnson, of the army.