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[303] waiting for General Averill to return, while 2,500 men were loitering there.

Some wag of a fellow wrote a doggerel verse on the inside walls of the old Courthouse, entitled ‘Mudwall Jackson,’ the principal feature of which was a complaint that ‘Mudwall Jackson’ would not fight. The writer saw this writing a few days after the retreat of the Federals, and it was understood by the Confederate soldiers as having been put there by a Yankee soldier, and as we Confederates understood it at the time, the animus of the verse was because the then dead ‘Stonewall’ had been so hard on the Yankee, and the live ‘Mudwall’ had escaped their net.

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