The shock of Banks's retreat.
--An Incident occurred at the telegraph office in Washington
about the time of Stonewall
's advance to Winchester
, which serves to illustrate the shock which Banks
's retreat gave to every one, as well as the heavy losses entailed by it upon many speculative Yankees, who ‘"calculated"’ upon a thriving trade with Virginia
correspondent of the New York Post says:
Early on Sunday morning a Northern man of business appeared at the office here and prosecuted a message for Winchester
, "Call Winchester
," said the clerk to the operator.
was called, but made no reply.
The m at the counter grew anxious. "Call Harper's Ferry," said the clerk Harper
's Ferry replied: ‘"Winchester
does not reply, and for a good reason — it is in the hands of the rebels!"’ This was repeated by the clerk.
The gentleman at the counter raised his arms over his head as if in great distress, exclaiming, "I am a ruined man. I have just taken ten thousand dollars worth of goods to Winchester
, and it is all the property I had in the world." This was the first intimation the public had of the rout or retreat at Winchester
It was known that Banks
had retreated from Strasburg
, but it was supposed that it was simply a prudential movement, and that he could easily hold Winchester