Affairs on the Upper Potomac.
..... professedly for the purpose of protecting the canal, but really and many their neighbor
It seems that on Tuesday, the 17th instant, about seventy-five of the vandals ventured over the river crossing it at the ford about a miles below the town and succeeded in the centre of the town before anyone knew it. As soon as their presence was known and along the great consternation of the inhabitant, all the citizens capable of being arms were hastily getting ready such weapons as they the invader of spirited resistance.
Just at this moment about a dozen of Ashby
's Cavalry, who had been scouting, galloped from the town and led by Daniel H. Morgan
, down the street up which the enemy were coming, and dispersed them in every direction, sending them in double across the river.
This charge deserves more then a passing notice.
Those gallant charged the enemy against the entire cities and protestation of the citizens, they supposing it was madness for so small a number to encounter a force so much superior — They deserve great credit for their gallantry.
of the most outrageous and atro- act of the whole war remains yet to be laid.
On the Friday
following at 9½ o'clock at night the report of cannon, followed by the blast of pounders and pieces of iron, and complaints that the vengeance of the vandals could only be appeased by a regular bombardment of the town, and that, too, without giving a moment's warning to the helpless women and children who were sleeping within it precincts.
The firing was kept upon intervals for about two hours, and we are informed, because their cannon burst another interposition of Provisional and prevented further mischief.
They however in driving nearly all the women and children from the place, many of which had to encamp out all night.
Several ball and pieces of old iron fired by the savage were picked up by the citizens.
Most of the ball struck near the centre of the town and the marvel is how the inhabitants escaped for strange to say, no one was injured.
, with his whole command is now encamped near Shepherdstown
, and, with the aid of several hundred militia, will be able to protect the border from future depredations.