A correspondent of the N. Y. World
, at Martinsburg
, gives the following account of the march of Gen. Patterson
's column into Virginia
's redoubtable Rangers composed the advance guard, and a strong rear guard was detailed by the commander of each division.
No picnic party ever wended its way to the woods with greater delight than was exhibited by our own valiant warriors as they pushed down to the river side.
The fording occupied about 7 hours. Three regiments of bare-legged men were constantly to be seen, one just emerged from the water and turning up for the march, another frolicking like school-boys in the stream, and a third standing with impatient readiness for their turn to come.
Some forgot, and rolled up only one trowser leg; others stripped off all but shoes and stockings.
Glistening bayonets were pressed into service as supports for shoes, pantaloons, jackets, boots, tin cups, haversacks, newspapers, pet pups and terrified kittens, and the picture presented by such an odd array of soldier-traps in straggling squads in close order, and all bobbing up and down as their carrier's foothold was momentarily lost and regained, the picture, I repeat, was grotesquely awkward.
The men ridiculed one another's outre appearance, cheered as they plunged into the clear stream, and raised an echoing chorus of miscellaneous songs.
“Dixie,” “Carry me back to Ole Virginny,” “Gay
and happy,” “Bully for Major Anderson
,” the “Star-spangled Banner,” “Red
, and Blue
,” and as many more were sung wildly in Pennsylvania Dutch
, American slang, and ever-rich Milesian accent.
Music for the million by the ten thousand was the order of the day, added to which there was occasional music by the band.
The train wagons experienced but little difficulty in riding over the hard bed of the river, save one or two which got a little below the ford proper, and narrowly missed being capsized.--Boston Transcript, July 9