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course intense. We thought it would be impossible
to go to Church, but when we found Mr Suter had come,
we concluded to do so, When we were nearly at the
church, we found that Mr Williams had decided
that there was so much excitement that people
would not attend, and the church was not opened.
We were greatly disappointed but went to the Lutheran.
To add to the anxiety of the time, there were incessant
rumours that the yankees are advancing from Martins=
burg, but our pickets are still on that side of the
town. Sunday night. We had out service and
communion this afternoon, a violent thunder storm
came on, but ceased raining long enough to let us get
home, it soon recommenced, and continued until
dark. We felt wretched and anxious. Just before 8
o'clock Mr Denny Called to tell us that he had just come
from Strasburg, that Jackson had driven back Rosencranz
4 miles, capturing two guns, and then the storn came
on and stopped the pursuit, The 1st Bridgade and the
Maryloanders were posted on the fortifications at Strasburg,
and were not in the fight. Shields was remaining
quietly at Front Royal. We went over to Mr Barton's to
prayer meeting, none there but ourselves and two or three
gentlemen. The storm returned more terrific than ever
with hail and torrents of rain, but it was over and
clear when we returned home. it was so dreadful to
feel that our soldiers, perhaps many of them dreadfully