The Winchester Virginian
publishes the following letter from a young lady of Sulphur town, dated July 26th It is a good illustration of the
spirit of Virginia Girls.
‘"A regiment of cuth oils, from Patterson
's Division at Harpers Ferry
, come through here (Shepherdstown
) on Monday--It was the 7th Pennsylvania Regiment, commanded by Col. Edwin
Then time was out, and they were on their way home.
Some of them declared that they would never come here again — and one of the officers told our citizens that we would not re he had business at home and he intended to stay there and attend to it. Some of them declared that nothing could induce them to coming into the South
A number of ladies of the town, having no fears of a chicken hearted Yankee
, and prompted by curiosity, (strange, is not, that our sex should have any curiously ?) went out to see and hear what we could as they entered the town.
I was of the number.
We pursued them until the last Yankee devil had disappeared over the hill on their way to the ford across the Potomac
below town, near the mill.
We perseveringly questioned them, and talked them clear out of town.
--One soldier told me that he would e hire no more; he had seen enough of Virginia
.--Two more regiments, he said, would leave Patterson
one day this week — that their time would be out, and they, too, would go home never to return.
After they left town, we (the girls) we went in a body to the river heights.
There we remained, musing ourselves at their efforts to get their wagons and their army selves over the river.
The girls would occasionally give them taunting cheers, and cry out: Hurry on, my braves ! Torch Johnston
is just behind you ! 'Don't stop, Yankees, for Stewart
's Cavalry are now coming down street ! Sometimes they would attempt to frighten us by pointing their guns at us — and that would being a shout from us. 'Hurrah for Jeff
D vis and the Southern Confederacy !' we shouted.
One fellow, when he got opposite the breastworks on the river cliffs, screamed out: 'Is that your battery ?--and then he gave a loud laugh.
I couldn't stand that — so I told him, 'No ! That was not a battery — but if he would go to Manassas Junction
he would fine one in the form of a crescent, and Gen. Beauregard
would take pleasure in showing it to him — and its contents were intended expressly for gentlemen like himself' The fellow turned, and marched on without making a reply.
They don't like to hear of eriea and Stewart
Some of these miserable fellows had no shirts — only Jackets with a border.
A more ignorant, ugly, and fifty set of men I have never seen.
We told them, Virginians
were noted for their hospitality --but of course they did not come expecting to receive any of it.--They came in search of General Johnston
and it was a pity they were disappointed in not finding him, and in receiving the warm reception he was prepared to give them.
I heard that they told some persons after getting across the river, that they believed
men would fight; but as for the Virginia
girls, they were perfect devils, and would fight harder than the men, if they had a chance."’
The Virginian says:
's army of plunderers have for the most part disappeared from the adjoining county of Jefferson
About five thousand were remaining at Harper's Ferry
, two or three days ago, and may be there yet. Their object appears to be nothing more than robbery and the destruction of private property.
they encamped on the fine farm of Colonel Baxton Davenport
, James L. Ranson
, F. W. Drew
and Mr. Burns
, and destroyed the crops and much other property of those gentlemen Sheep pastures, pig pens and hen roosts suffered not a little.
In town they robbed jewelry stoves and committed other valiant
acts of like character.
Seventeen regiments of this army of vandals, whose times of service had expired, have within a few days past departed for home, notwithstanding.
made an imploring appeal to them to remain.
They have taken off fourteen slaves from Jefferson
They have also taken off as a prisoner F. W. Blessing
, a baker and confectioner, and a highly respectable citizen of Charlestown
, alleging — although no doubt falsely — that he had sold them poisoned bread.
correspondent of the Petersburg Express gives some further account of the domes of the Hessians in Jefferson county
As soon as Patterson
arrived in Charlestown
he dispatched an Orderly for Nelson Gallagher, Esquire
editor of the Free Press, and upon the arrival of Mr.
G. at headquarters, the following to took place.
--"Is This Nelson M. Gallagher
--‘"Yes, this is Mr. Gallagher
--‘"Well Mr Gallagher
, we wish you to give us the key of your office.
We decide while here to publish a paper."’
G--‘"General, I have always been in the habit heretofore of doing that myself
but as you are in power here, and the largest in numbers, there is no other alternative for me but to comply ?"’
, (interrupting Mr. G)--But we are going to pay you for its use while we have it"
G--"Oh, that alters the case materially." Mr.
G then went with them to his office, and as they entered, an under strapper pulled down a placard calling on the volunteers for the defence of their homes against the Lincolnites.
G. told the camp that the placard was private property and ordered him to let it alone, when he deserted; but they went into several private houses, and destroyed property amounting to several hundred dollars, and broke into a jewelry store and stole about; $500 worth of property.
They ruined one old gentleman's wheat field completely, and stole eight horses from two gentlemen in the vicinity of Charlestown
Some of them were in a state of starvation, and went into houses begging for bread, starting that they had not had a morsel to eat for thirty-six hours!
Turkeys will be scarce next Christmas
I pity the people of Jefferson county
on this account, for no daily gobbler will grace their tables.
Among the enormous committed by the vandal hordes in that county, was to steal every old setting turkey off he eggs and the eggs also, and they devoured them with as much zest as if they had been fresh made.--Not a gobble has been heard in Jefferson county
these many days.
All the roosters have ceased to crow and have buried their beats in the dust, and the voice that was once heard in the barn-yard is utterly dfc Can't some hen-pecked poet in Jefferson
write an elegy on the lay
of the last old hen ? It is a befitting subject just now in that locality.
Berkeley county, Va.
It is stated that this county is nearly or quite relieved of Lincoln
's a vermin.
A few thieving camp followers of the lowest order remain in Martinsburg
, encouraged and aided in their outrages by the Lincolnites of Berkley
Several Secessionists of the county were arrested and taken off by Patterson
as prisoners — amongst them Wm. D. North
who promptly refused to take an oath not to make war on Lincoln
& Co. Mr.
N. (a son of Gen. George North
, of Revolutionary fame,) is of the wrong stock to take any such oath.