though we would not have it otherwise-we could not bear that one of them should hesitate to give his life's-blood to his country-yet it is heart-breaking to think of what may happen
June 19, 1861.
Yesterday evening we heard rumours of the Federal
troops having crossed the Potomac
, and marching to Martinsburg
in large force.
immediately drew up his army at a place called “Carter
's,” on the Charlestown
road, about four miles beyond Winchester
B. and R. M. called this morning, and report that the location of the Federals
is very uncertain; it is supposed that they have retreated from Martinsburg
Oh, that our Almighty Father, who rules all things, would interpose and give us peace, even now when all seem ready for war!
He alone can do it.
June 24, 1861.
We have been in Winchester
for the last two days, at Dr.
S's. General Johnston
's army encamped at “The Lick.”
Some Southern regiments encamped near Winchester
The army at Manassas
said to be strongly reinforced.
Measles prevailing there, and near Winchester
, among the troops.
There has been a slight skirmish in Hampshire
, on New Creek
, and another at Vienna, in Fairfax County
We repulsed the enemy at both places.
, of Alexandria
, led our men in the latter fight, and is much extolled for his dexterity and bravery.
July 1, 1861.
A rumour of a skirmish, in which the Messrs.
were engaged, and that Richard Ashby
was severely wounded.
I trust it may not be true.
July 3, 1861.
A real fight has occurred near Williamsport
, but on the Virginia
side of the Potomac
crossed the river with, it is said, 14,000 men, to attack our force of 4,000 stationed there under Colonel