from all accounts, greatly demoralized after the retreat began.
Indeed, it was currently reported, and generally believed on our side, that Hunter
was, himself, in so much alarm for his personal safety that it incapacitated him to direct the retreat, and that General Crook
, in fact, saved their army.
's retreat, General Early
moved down the Valley
, and, in July, menaced Washington
, before Hunter
had time to get around to its defense.
But I do not intend to detail Early
After a few days on the north side of the Potomac
, he came back to the Virginia
side, whither Hunter
I shall conclude this already long narrative by citing a few more instances of Hunter
's incendiarism in the Lower Valley
It seems that, smarting under the miserable failure of his grand raid on Lynchburg
, where, during a march of over two hundred miles, the largest force he encountered was under Jones
, and he routed that, thus leaving the way open to reach Lynchburg
within three days, destroy the stores there and go out through West Virginia
unmolested, he had failed to do anything but inflict injury on private citizens, and he came back to the Potomac
more implacable than when he left it a month before.
His first victim was the Hon. Andrew Hunter
, of Charlestown
, Jefferson county
, his own first cousin, and named after the General
is a lawyer of great eminence, and a man of deservedly large influence in his county and the State
His home, eight miles from Harper's Ferry
, in the suburbs of Charlestown
, was the most costly and elegant in the place, and his family as refined and cultivated as any in the State
His offense, in General Hunter
's eyes, was that he had gone politically with his State, and was in full sympathy with the Confederate
The General sent a squadron of cavalry out from Harper's Ferry
, took Mr. Hunter
prisoner, and held him a month in the common guard-house of his soldiers, without alleging any offense against him not common to nearly all the people of Virginia
, and finally discharged him without trial or explanation, after heaping these indignities on him. M/r. Hunter
was an old man, and suffered severely from confinement and exposure.
While he was thus a prisoner, General Hunter
ordered his elegant mansion to be burned to the ground, with all its contents, not even permitting Mrs. Hunter
and her daughter to save their clothes and family pictures from the flames; and, to add to the desolation, camped his cavalry within the inclosure of the beautiful grounds, of several acres, surrounding the residence, till the horses had destroyed them.
His next similar exploit was at Shepherdstown
, in the same