Staunton, Va., Sept. 26th, 1862.
I have just seen a reliable citizen of Richmond
, who left Martinsburg
on the 24th inst. He says there has been no fighting since Saturday week last, when our forces crimsoned the Potomac
with the infamous Yankee blood until it could be seen a marked line on the bosom of the river. --The Yankee cavalry that came into London county, near Leesburg
, were soon driven out. All our forces are now on the Virginia
This is reliable.
So great was the crowd coming from Winchester
that passengers had taken seats five days ahead; so I had to buy a horse and ride to this place.
I passed on the road hundreds of wounded soldiers, walking ninety-two miles, many of them barefooted, to reach Staunton
, when, in five or six towns on the road, hospital accommodations might have been easily obtained; but if they must come to this place, why were not wagons pressed to convey them in?
There are more than three thousand wagons between here and Winchester
There is a cold, careless, unfeeling spirit with some of the medical department that is a disgrace to humanity.
Hearts and brains are badly wanted, if soldiers speak truly.
How is it that some soldiers can get passes from Surgeons to come to Staunton
and the army, walk all the way, in some instances carrying a gun and knapsack, and walk faster than my horse could?
It seems to me, if they were able to walk so far and carry so heavy a burthen, they could be with their companies.
Before close I must tell you of a little incident that occurred in Maryland
between Stonewall Jackson
and the ladies.
They surrounded the old game cock (he said, ‘"Ladies, this is the first time I was ever surrounded,"’) and cut every button off his coat, and, they say, commenced on his pants, and at one time it was feared he would be in the uniform of a Georgia Colonel
, minus all except a shirt collar
For once he was badly scared.