in the glorious sunshine of the Indian summer-all around us wore an unnatural calm, and every man as he quietly sat or slumbered beneath the. leafy shade seemed lost in reverie.
We had nothing to eat, our wagons and stores were far away towards Manassas, and every half hour reports would come in that the enemy seemed very busy at the river, while the glittering of long lines of bayonets could be plainly seen moving to and fro. As if from intuition all the cottagers left their humble dwellings ahid themselves along the bank of the river were 10th to come forth, but after much persuasion, they voluntarily came forward in a body, threw down their arms, and marched to town very good-humoredly, and, after being refreshed, were sent towards Manassas that same night.
The quantities of arms we found along the banks surprised me — all being of English manufacture, having on the plates, Hall, London ; Bond, London; London Tower, etc. The stream at the crossing appeared to be literally choked w