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last night, and in the night the Provost Marshall
withdrew most of the soldiers from the town to the
fortifications, the soldiers who were left were warning
the servants to escape at once, as the town would
be shelled as soon as the rebels appear. The servants
are almost wild with fear, and we can scarcely
persuade them to wait, at least until it is certain
our men are approaching. We suppose it is
only scouting parties of cavalry who are near here,
The long line of hills at the west of town, is
bristling with guns pointed on us. We hope it is
only a menace, but there is no telling what
madness may insprire them. Mrs Davis has
just come to town with letters. Maj. Jones is
certainly dead, and Bob Streit and Ward McDonald.
Burgess is not hurt. Lieut. Robert English is
killed, and Capt. Douglas Bruce (not true).
Night The day was passed quietly, and the panic
has subsided.
Thursday night The excitement of today has been the
slipping off of some of our wounded men, who have
recovered. The guards have all been withdrawn,
and the town virtually abondoned, and our
men consider it as such, and themselves rescued
and they are going off. Some got off safely
today, and more are going tonight. Mr Clark
has just come in from Vancluse, and [had...]
[...n] a company of our cavalry, who intend [...]
in to the town tonight, to try to frighten off the
yankees, by making them think there is a  large
force. We will be on the alert all night.
Friday July 18th This is the anniversary of the day
our army left here last year, and also of the
battle of Bull Run. Last night passed quietly.