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The Daily Dispatch: June 21, 1861., [Electronic resource], The two heroines, Misses Kerr and McLeod. (search)
Kerr and Mary McLeod, of Fairmont, Marion county, who rode from their home to Phillippi, a distance of thirty-odd miles, to apprise our forces there of the approach ft Fairmont at 6 o'clock on Sunday morning, and hastened, without escorts, to Phillippi. They had not gone a great distance before they found that a shoe of one of those who were so much opposed to allowing them to proceed. They arrived at Phillippi about 2 o'clock in the afternoon of the same day, and told Col. Portertied these ladies then went to the house of a Mr. Huff, about a mile and a half from Phillippi, where they stayed all night. The next morning they heard the report of the firing at Phillippi, and, in disguise, accompanied by a country woman, returned to Phillippi on foot to see what had been the result.--They moved about amidst the enPhillippi on foot to see what had been the result.--They moved about amidst the enemy without being detected or molested in the least degree. Going into one of the houses, they found James Withers, of the Rockbridge Cavalry, who had concealed him
exploit performed by two young ladies of Northwestern Virginia. The circumstances, as far as I have been able to learn, are these: The day before the battle of Phillippi the Federal troops of Gen. McClellan's command, numbering over 4,000, started from Fairmont (46 miles from Phillippi) to attack the Virginia troops under Col. PoPhillippi) to attack the Virginia troops under Col. Porterfield, and which numbered only 800 armed men. The movement was conducted on the part of our enemies with such secresy that their designs were known to but few; yet their object was obvious to some. They saw that the annihilation of our gallant little band was their desire. Scarcely had they left their camp when two young ladimiles further, one of the ladies were thrown from her horse, not, however, hitting her seriously. By this they were detained some time. They at last arrived at Phillippi at 2 o'clock P. M., having ridden a distance of 46 miles in six hours.--They immediately proceeded to the office of Col. Porterfield, introduced themselves, info