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They told us good bye, and we stood on the porch
watching for - we knew not what. We heard the
troops were in motion, and we supposed for
Strasburg, but instead of that Cavalry, Artillery and
Loring Infantry marched past here, down the
Berryville road, and took positions there,
Jackson's (now Garnett's) Bridage, were posted
on the Martinsburg road, not two miles from
town. The report was that there were 6000 of the
enemy at the Opequon on one road, and 10,000
at Mrs Carter's, on the other, and both advan=
cing rapidly, Our whole force was scarcely
5000. At least half the men in the regiments
being absent on furlough, or sick leave.
This is our weakest time, and the yankees
know it, and are trying to take advantage of
it. In three weeks more the regiments would
be full and entirely reorganized. Yet not-
withstanding the disadvantages, Jackson seems
unable to resist the temptation to give the Yankees
a thrashing. We were so restless and miserable
that Mary and I determined to go up to Mr
Mason's to have some few things which had
been left in the house brought away. After
we sent off all that was of any value, we walked
to the top of the high hill at the back of the
house, from which we could see the whole of
the surrounding country.