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Chapter 3: battles of ball's Bluff and Edward's Ferry.--experiences at Darnestown and Rockville. In a few weeks we broke camp and took up our line of march to the front. Our destination was the
A was sent to Rockville.
First Sergeant Cook, myself as corporal, and ten men were ordered to Darnestown.
Our quarters at Darnestown were in an old barn on the main street, and at Rockville in buildDarnestown were in an old barn on the main street, and at Rockville in buildings on the fair ground.
Our duty at Darnestown was to prevent men coming to town from camp and to allow none to pass towards Washington, below the rank of a brigadier-genera], without proper papers.Darnestown was to prevent men coming to town from camp and to allow none to pass towards Washington, below the rank of a brigadier-genera], without proper papers.
We had three posts, each at a store.
The citizens of the town were in sympathy with the South, but as we behaved like gentlemen they were very kind, often sending us biscuits for breakfast and at C hirty-eight years have passed since those days, but I shall never forget the kindness of those Darnestown people, and trust that to-day they are prosperous and happy.
After a time we reported to th