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r of medicine, and resided near his father. Their smothered abolitionism burst forth upon the suceess of Lincoln; and when the mighty uprising of the North, that followed the bombardment of Fort Sumter occurred, proclaimed themselves in favor of subjugation. Both would have fied after the battle of Manassa, but as large bodies of the Federals still hovered near, asserting their determination to hold the country as outposts, they remained. We attacked the enemy, driving him from beyond Mason's, which so precipitated their flight that everything was left including even their private letters and papers. The Doctor left a valuable and extensive library, which, to preserve for his future information, a squad of our soldiers kindly took possession of. Beck's Medical Jurisprudence and other valuable books have been presented to me Many besides the Barcrofts had the audacity to remain here until quite recently, but the clash of arms at their doors, and the invariable rout of their Nor
The Daily Dispatch: September 18, 1861., [Electronic resource], The Commander at Mason's Hill and his Aids — a deserter — the enemy's pickets want peace, and don't like to be shot. (search)
he distinguished John M. Patton, deceased, who is also a graduate in military science, and an officer of high courage and intelligence. The prisoners we have taken recently report that the Federals have been contemplating an attack upon both Mason's and Munson's Hills, and I have just learned that a Confederate soldier, belonging to a Maryland regiment, deserted to Washington city a few days ago, and informed the enemy of the condition of things at the latter place, which doubtless led to cked us with three pieces of artillery, which we forced them to withdraw fro the fire of a single piece belonging to the Washington Battery, without having a man killed or even injured. The enemy lost several. We have strong picket guards below Mason's, and from the most advanced posts numbers of Federal stragglers can be seen marching and watching upon the neighboring hills. Their officers have commanded them to cease the picket warfare, and, instead of the flash of the hidden musket, you n
, the largest and most important of all this line, which, as I have previously stated, is admirably calculated for making a defence against the advance of the enemy, and which can be fortifled until it becomes as impregnable as any position can be made. It is exactly opposite the fort on Shooter's Hill, and is, I think, within range of the heavy guns, although no serious damage could be done with them. The hill is covered by a beautiful oak grove, in the edge of which is the residence of Mr. Mason, from whom it takes its name. From this point Washington is plainly visible, and with a good pair of glasses many of its familiar spots can be distingnished. One can look down upon Munson's and Hall's hills, and it can be seen at a glance that this protects them both, and that guns here could be used to assist in the defence of them, or in rendering them untenable should fortune place the enemy in the positions now held by us. The view from this hill is very much finer than from Munson's