supplies of provision and forage, which the farmers and millers willingly sold on credit to the quartermasters and commissaries of the army.
We neither received nor required assistance from the Commissary Department at Richmond
, except for the articles of coffee and sugar, which were then parts of the Confederate
The army was so fortunate as to have Major Kersley
for its chief commissary, a gentleman of sense and vigor, well acquainted with that district and its resources.
Under his administration of the commissariat, “the Valley
” could have supplied abundantly an army four times as large as ours.
It was not so easy to procure ammunition: no large quantity had been imported; and the Ordnance Department, then not fully organized, had neither time nor means to prepare half the amount required.
The very small supply brought from Harper's Ferry
was increased, however, by applications to the chief of the department at Richmond
, and by sending officers elsewhere for caps as well as cartridges.
On the 15th, Colonel Stuart
reported that the Federal
army had advanced from Martinsburg
to Bunker's Hill
It remained there on the 16th, and on the 17th moved by its left flank a few miles to Smithfield
This gave the impression that General Patterson
's design was to continue this movement through Berryville
, to interpose his army between the Confederate forces at Winchester
and those at Manassas Junction
, while the latter should be assailed by McDowell
, or perhaps to attack Winchester
from the south, thus avoiding the slight intrenchments.
Since the return of the army from Parksville,