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It was a lovely evening, the stillness unbroken
by a sound, and it seemed impossible to realize
that two hostile armies were lying below, in sight
of each other, and that every instant might bring
us the sounds of strife. We heard, when we returned
home, that the yankees on the Berryville road
had been marched across by a country road
to join their main body on the Martinsburg
road, and finding this, Jackson had concentra=
ted all his force at the fortification. Dr. Minor
had come to beg for lint and bandages, all
the hospital stores having been removed the
ladies were collected at Mrs Barton's preparing
them. Just at dark we were startled by loud
cheering, and found that our men were
marching back through the town, Johnnie Baldwin
called for a moment to say that Bob could not
leave the company to say good bye. Johnnie
was in a perfect passion, saying that they were
all disgraced in retreating without a fight.
In a few moments Col. Baylor came in to tea,
and said that the men had gone back to their
wagons to get supper, and it was still uncertain
when they would go. I was again in dispair, I had
hoped the danger of a fight was over.
Wednesday, March 12th. After a wretched night, listening
from day light for the sound of the guns, we found
at 7 o'clock, that our men had been gone for
several hours, except Ashby's Cavalry, which lingered