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e river was so swollen as to make it unsafe. After waiting in the vicinity for two days they drove back to Milford, where, at a relative of his (Foote's), they remained several days more. Here information reached them that there was a rebel force out in pursuit of them. They fearing to remain longer quiet, Mr. Foote concluded to take the chances of passing Rappahannock and get out again. Taking a circuitous route, they crossed the river in safety, and on January 7th they arrived at Dumfries. No rebel force was believed to be north of there; and they considered the danger over, and Mrs. Foote destroyed her papers, fearing to fall into the hands of some of our soldiers. On Sunday they drove to Mr. Hammel's, near the Occoquan, where they hoped to be able to get across the Potomac, upon the Maryland shore. Arrangements had been effected, and, under the pilotage of some slaves, they were to cross the river on Tuesday, but two rebel cavalrymen rode up to the house and arr
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