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pontoons, wagons, etc. they were detained until
nearly dark, at the river, the current being so strong
as to prevent the laying the pontoons, five scouts
wre drowned in trying to cross. We felt a little
uneasy at finding them stop so near us, fearing
they might trouble us. While the troops were passing
we recognized several of the servants who have been
so much in our kitchen, belonging to Sheridan's staff
officers. Among them George, who ran in to the
back yard to speak to us, he said he had hired
himself to Gen. Forsyth in order to get to Staunton,
he said too that directly after we left Gen. Sheridan
had an order posted on the house, forbidding any
one to trouble anything in it. Some Yankees
who came to take the stones had to go off minus,
Mrs Cochran moved in on Saturday and has a
Col. staying with her, who will protect the house, there
are no Yankees in the town, but the whole force
is on the river bank waiting to cross.
Ash-Wednesday, March 1st. Mr Miller came to see
us this morning and said that Maj. Bailey
Provost Marshall dined at his house yesterday, and
inquired very particularly about some ladies who had
been banished from Winchester, and who they heard
in Woodstock had given warning of the raid. Mr Miller
declined to know anything about us, except that he
[...] heard we said we did not know [wh...]
[...] were ahead, and will no doubt, look out [...]
I feel very anxious about the result of this
advance. We have evidently, very few troops if any
kind near, and I fear they will do terrible dam-
age. We must remain here till something is
decided about these Yankees. There is a report
that Infrantry went by Front Royal, and that
Gordonsville is the destination of both parties.