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Blackburn'sFord, Bull Run 1862
"The country is as woody as Vermont, and as level as Connecticut. There is very little, if any snow, and the weather is after the style of October. Passing the heights of Centerville, I saw the first stone too large to lift, in Virginia; and on the side of the main terrace of Bull Run, the first ledge shows itself,--red sand stone. The soil is mostly a red clay--red, before ever human blood was mingled with it.
~ Daniel B Stedman Brattleboro, VT, age 22, Pvt., 16th Regt, Co. B, Letter of December 15 1862 Brattleborohistory.com
"I returned to Centerville that afternoon and the next morning they put me on picket again. To the same place, and so on for four days when we returned to Fairfax Court House near where we are now. The most we had to eat was had bread and raw pork but this tasted good I tell you." ~ E. D. Keyes, 1st Lieutenant, Company H, Sixteenth Regiment, Letter of December 23, 1862