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Lt.-Colonel Arthur J. Fremantle, Three Months in the Southern States, June, 1863. (search)
strong. There are four brigades in McLaws's division. All the men seem in the highest spirits, and were cheering and yelling most vociferously. We reached Martinsburg (twenty-two miles) at 6 P. M., by which time my horse nearly broke down, and I was forced to get off and walk. Martinsburg and this part of Virginia are supposMartinsburg and this part of Virginia are supposed to be more Unionist than Southern; however, many of the women went through the form of cheering McLaws's division as it passed. I dare say they would perform the same ceremony in honor of the Yankees to-morrow. Three miles beyond Martinsburg we were forced by the state of our horses to insist upon receiving the unwilling hoMartinsburg we were forced by the state of our horses to insist upon receiving the unwilling hospitality of a very surly native, who was evidently Unionist in his proclivities. We were obliged to turn our horses into a field to graze during the night. This was most dangerous, for the Confederate soldier, in spite of his many virtues, is, as a rule, the most incorrigible horse-stealer in the world. 26th June, 1863 (Frida