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ed "to let," and followed fast in the same way. In 1846 or '47 there was a large fire which destroyed all the lower portion of the town, and time and neglect has nearly carried away the upper. The once busy town has become a ruined burg; the elegant Dumfries about as sorry a place as any one cares to see. Of its present appearance I will try and give some idea in my next, but my candle admonishes me to draw this letter to a close.--Candles are scarce, at 20 cents a piece, and good old Georgia light wood and fat pine splits cannot be found in this section of country. I may say however, in conclusion, that the prospect of a battle here is very good, and Dam firmly of the opinion that McClellan designs attacking the batteries at Evansport, and at the same time making a demonstration across the Occoquan. There is a sufficient force here to meet him, and, for the present. I presume, none of the troops will be withdrawn from Bull Run. The man here are anxiously waiting the attack,
Haarlem (Netherlands) (search for this): article 2
age, Mrs. Cannon, is probably the only person born in Dumfries, who now resides in it. The old families have all removed, and their houses are either destroyed or are occupied by emigrants who have purchased them at a low price, and who struggle on from year to year against poverty and ruin. I have never seen a more desolate, God forsaken looking town, not even in Bohemia, or on the steppes of Wallachia. Once it was a place of some note, and bid fair to be a powerful rival of the port of Haarlem, which afterwards became New York!. It was settled by a company of Scotchmen, as its name would indicate, immediately after the settlement of James town by the English. It was first laid out upon the Potomac, but as the bay was capacious and, the river navigable for some five miles, it was removed up the Quantico to its present location. It grew very rapidly, and was soon the most important town in the whole country. Long before the United States existed as an independent government, whe
ed. Being little acquainted with the officers of the Legion, I spent but few moments there, and then hurried to my journey's end. The sound of heavy guns upon the river caused me to push on more ' rapidly, and in less than two hours Dumfries was reached. On the early history of the town I know scarcely anything, and conversing with the bitan's who ought to be well posted in its local records, has added little to my slender stock of information. An old lady sixty-three years of age, Mrs. Cannon, is probably the only person born in Dumfries, who now resides in it. The old families have all removed, and their houses are either destroyed or are occupied by emigrants who have purchased them at a low price, and who struggle on from year to year against poverty and ruin. I have never seen a more desolate, God forsaken looking town, not even in Bohemia, or on the steppes of Wallachia. Once it was a place of some note, and bid fair to be a powerful rival of the port of Haarlem, which
iece, and good old Georgia light wood and fat pine splits cannot be found in this section of country. I may say however, in conclusion, that the prospect of a battle here is very good, and Dam firmly of the opinion that McClellan designs attacking the batteries at Evansport, and at the same time making a demonstration across the Occoquan. There is a sufficient force here to meet him, and, for the present. I presume, none of the troops will be withdrawn from Bull Run. The man here are anxiously waiting the attack, and will fight like tigers against Hodds. The Yankees cannot come too soon. Gen. Johnston arrived here this evening, and is now staying at General Whiting's head quarters. He will remain here a day or two inspecting the army and then return to Centreville. His arrival has been a source of much rejoicing, and hundreds have been in town to-day, to get a glimpse of their Chief, out have returned disappointed. They will have an opportunity to-morrow. Bohemian.
nic among the thriving merchants. It suffered somewhat from the war, and was shelled by the British fleet from the Potomac, fragments of the projectiles being occasionally found at this late date. Whether it was ever occupied. I cannot say. After the war, new and better harbors were discovered, new towns built and new channels for foreign trade opened. Capital will go wherever there is a chance for investment, and the wealthy traders of Dumfries, closed their shops, and, taking up their Penates, bid farewell to the old town. After this, disaster followed disaster. The houses were deserted, and soon went to ruin; the stores were labelled "to let," and followed fast in the same way. In 1846 or '47 there was a large fire which destroyed all the lower portion of the town, and time and neglect has nearly carried away the upper. The once busy town has become a ruined burg; the elegant Dumfries about as sorry a place as any one cares to see. Of its present appearance I will t
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ides in it. The old families have all removed, and their houses are either destroyed or are occupied by emigrants who have purchased them at a low price, and who struggle on from year to year against poverty and ruin. I have never seen a more desolate, God forsaken looking town, not even in Bohemia, or on the steppes of Wallachia. Once it was a place of some note, and bid fair to be a powerful rival of the port of Haarlem, which afterwards became New York!. It was settled by a company of Scotchmen, as its name would indicate, immediately after the settlement of James town by the English. It was first laid out upon the Potomac, but as the bay was capacious and, the river navigable for some five miles, it was removed up the Quantico to its present location. It grew very rapidly, and was soon the most important town in the whole country. Long before the United States existed as an independent government, when Virginia was a colony of Great Britain, Dumfries was a thriving place, and
iece, and good old Georgia light wood and fat pine splits cannot be found in this section of country. I may say however, in conclusion, that the prospect of a battle here is very good, and Dam firmly of the opinion that McClellan designs attacking the batteries at Evansport, and at the same time making a demonstration across the Occoquan. There is a sufficient force here to meet him, and, for the present. I presume, none of the troops will be withdrawn from Bull Run. The man here are anxiously waiting the attack, and will fight like tigers against Hodds. The Yankees cannot come too soon. Gen. Johnston arrived here this evening, and is now staying at General Whiting's head quarters. He will remain here a day or two inspecting the army and then return to Centreville. His arrival has been a source of much rejoicing, and hundreds have been in town to-day, to get a glimpse of their Chief, out have returned disappointed. They will have an opportunity to-morrow. Bohemian.
McClellan (search for this): article 2
busy town has become a ruined burg; the elegant Dumfries about as sorry a place as any one cares to see. Of its present appearance I will try and give some idea in my next, but my candle admonishes me to draw this letter to a close.--Candles are scarce, at 20 cents a piece, and good old Georgia light wood and fat pine splits cannot be found in this section of country. I may say however, in conclusion, that the prospect of a battle here is very good, and Dam firmly of the opinion that McClellan designs attacking the batteries at Evansport, and at the same time making a demonstration across the Occoquan. There is a sufficient force here to meet him, and, for the present. I presume, none of the troops will be withdrawn from Bull Run. The man here are anxiously waiting the attack, and will fight like tigers against Hodds. The Yankees cannot come too soon. Gen. Johnston arrived here this evening, and is now staying at General Whiting's head quarters. He will remain here a d
Bell Haven (search for this): article 2
d was soon the most important town in the whole country. Long before the United States existed as an independent government, when Virginia was a colony of Great Britain, Dumfries was a thriving place, and contained several large were houses, numerous stores, a church, a court-house. In which the colonial records were kept, a jail, and other public buildings.--Gradually, as time crept on, the trade grew, and consequently new ware houses and stores were erected.--When Alexandria was called Bell Haven, this was the great trading port of the country, and merchants were accustomed to purchase their goods here, and the country farmers for many miles, throughout the counties of London, Fauquier, and still beyond even, brought their grain and tobacco for It became an incorporated town; it was made a port of entry; it carried on an extensive trade with Europe, and vessels of the largest six loaded and discharged their cargoes at its wharves. Ships were built and launched upon the shores of
iece, and good old Georgia light wood and fat pine splits cannot be found in this section of country. I may say however, in conclusion, that the prospect of a battle here is very good, and Dam firmly of the opinion that McClellan designs attacking the batteries at Evansport, and at the same time making a demonstration across the Occoquan. There is a sufficient force here to meet him, and, for the present. I presume, none of the troops will be withdrawn from Bull Run. The man here are anxiously waiting the attack, and will fight like tigers against Hodds. The Yankees cannot come too soon. Gen. Johnston arrived here this evening, and is now staying at General Whiting's head quarters. He will remain here a day or two inspecting the army and then return to Centreville. His arrival has been a source of much rejoicing, and hundreds have been in town to-day, to get a glimpse of their Chief, out have returned disappointed. They will have an opportunity to-morrow. Bohemian.
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