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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 8. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Letter from a Virginia lady to the Federal commander at Winchester. (search)
, by a lady residing in Clarke county, explains itself and gives a vivid picture of life in that region during the period of which it speaks. If it had been written some months later when Sheridan was carrying out his wicked threat to make the Shenandoah Valley such a waste that a crow flying over would be compelled to carry his own rations, there would have been a still more vivid story of outrage and oppression; but that chapter will yet be written.] The officer in command the 26th of October may remember the capture of young Thomas Randolph at his father's house. On the Wednesday following, a part of the same command returned by this route, parties from which were visiting the yard and house for some time after the head of the column had gone by. At first their wants were supplied, so far as our present restrictions enabled us to do it; but while handing the cup of cold water to some, who, if not politely, at least not rudely requested it, more came into the porch, and tur