Waddell's Annals of Augusta County, Virginia, from 1726 to 1871


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Thursday night, June 19.—Everybody wondering to-day the cause of Jackson’s movement across the Blue Ridge. Some suggest that he is going to Richmond, intending to fall upon McClellan’s rear.     *     *     Several persons arrived to-day from Buckhannon, Upshur country, having come through without interruption. That route has been closed for more than a year.

Saturday night, June 21.—Still no intelligence from any quarter.     *     *     Twenty-five or thirty Yankee prisoners were in the court-house yard this evening, having been brought up from Harrisonburg. All but three wounded, and all but three Dutch.

Monday night June 23.—We have scarcely had a rumor to-day. Neither railroad trains nor mails from Richmond for several days. Several thousand cavalry in the Valley. No other troops.

Tuesday, June 24.—No railroad train yet, and all the news we have had from the east for about a week has been brought by persons traveling on horseback.

On the 26th and 27th we heard heavy cannonading, indicating a conflict near Richmond.

Friday, June 27.—The battle was renewed this morning, and at the last account, (by telegraph), was raging all along the line. At least one hundred thousand men are arrayed on each side. What multitudes are now passing into eternity, and how many more are at this moment writhing in pain on the bloody ground!

Monday afternoon, June 30.—The battle near Richmond was continued on yesterday. Cannonading distinctly heard in this place. We have no details of the fight since Friday, but telegraphic {typo corrected} dispatches received to-day state that the Federal army was retreating towards James River. The reports are encouraging for our side. Eight members of the Staunton Guard wounded, besides the captain, Burke. Three of the Staunton Artillery reported killed.

Wednesday morning, July 2.—Very heavy and rapid cannonading was kept up yesterday evening till long after dark. We heard it distinctly at our house. [The distance by air line is about a hundred miles.] A telegraphic dispatch between 9 and 10 o’clock last night stated that the enemy was defeated again on Monday, and that there was every prospect of capturing, or routing, the whole army. But the newspaper accounts never come up to the telegraphic reports. The battle has been raging for a week. The railroad train came through from Richmond yesterday.

Friday morning, July 4.—     *     *     I am certain of this only, that the enemy has been repulsed, losing several thousand men in killed, wounded and prisoners, and some cannon, etc.; and that our loss is also heavy.

Monday morning, July 7.—A great variety of reports from Richmond since Friday, but no reliable intelligence. At one time we hear that the greater part of the Federal army is surrounded and will certainly be captured, [there was a rumor yesterday that 50,000 had


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