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ent was to be a mere temporary raid, or an effort for permanent relief.--When we consider these things we can well understand why it was idle to expect any more from Maryland than we actually received. Even as things were, large numbers were on their way to join our army at the very time it was leaving Since we left, every man who made any show of open welcome to the Confederate army has been arrested by Lincoln's minions. Winchester, Sept. 19th.1862. My last letter was from Giles county, Now, after forty-eight hours staging, I am in Winchester. Of course, you have heard all about the Harper's Ferry affair. I met to-day hundreds of negroes, taken at Harper's Ferry, going home with their owners, and most of them seemed in fine spirits, singing "Carry me back to Old Virginia," &c., I have just seen several gentlemen just from the battle-field of Wednesday last, which is said to have been the severest fight of the war. It was fought near Hoonsberough, which is ninetee