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fact, about that distance from Martinsburg and Harper's Ferry — oft-mentioned names — and from Williamsport, where the armies so often crossed, both to and from Maryland.
It was off the direct road between those places and lay, as I said, at the foot of a great sweep in the river, and five miles from the nearest station on the B, as they never had before, blood, wounds, and death.
On the 17th of September cloudy skies looked down upon the two armies facing each other on the fields of Maryland.
It seems to me now that the roar of that day began with the light, and all through its long and dragging hours its thunder formed a background to our pain and that proved to be correct.
The country grew more composed.
General Lee lay near Leetown, some seven miles south of us, and General McClellan rested quietly in Maryland.
On Sunday we were able to have some short church services for our wounded, cut still shorter, I regret to say, by reports that the Yankees were crossing.