"Who is this that looks forth like the dawn, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army with banners?"

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

May 8, 1863. "A very pretty place for a camp"

"Friday 8th. This is a very pretty place for a camp, near the River & we find good water. Raining to-day. So we are lying in our tents, mostly. The farther we push into Va. the better the land & better improved. This must have been a splendid section before the war, but now we see, for the most part, ruins." Diary of Horace Barlow (UVM), 115, Horace Barlow, Pvt., Co. C, 12th Regiment

PS: "About 10,000 (ten thousand) cavalry came to this station, under command of Gen Stoneman, just having returned from their great raid down toward Richmond. A part went on to Bealeston Station. They presented a splendid appearance, tho' tired & hungry, horses & men having had no food for 24 hours. They went within about 2 (two) miles) of R & destroyed all that came in their way." ~ Id. at 117-118

"Friday morning. all as well as we were yesterday & hope that this will find you well. It has rained a good share of the time for the last four days & it rains some now & some it dont. Ira, C. Small & myself set here on our Rubber blankets under our shelter tents doubled up about as much as E. Sanders used to be. So you may judge what kind of a chance we have to write. The Country between here and manassas junction is as nice as any that I ever saw & where we are encamped now the clover is three our four inches high & looks as green & rank as any that you ever saw

"... I presume that you have seen in the paper about the death of Templeton the notorious Rebel Spy who was shot at the Battle of Warrenton last Sunday he was a man I should think of about forty years of age. Slim built. was about five feet seven inches in height I should think (could of tole better if I could have seen him a standing up) I saw the one who shot him. he said that he Templeton rode up to him & said Surrender you d...d yankee son of a bitch well says he I will. At the same time he drew his revolver & put a ball through his heart & he fell from his horse & died without a struggle. I heard some of Mosbys men say that they had better lost fifty men than him. Dick Moran whose name you have probably noticed in the paper I should gage would weigh about two hundred pounds was shot through the windpipe.

"But the cars have come in & I must stop in order to have this go out. 
write soon.

"J H Hammond to the folks at home." 
Jabez H. Hammond, West Windsor, age 20, Sgt. Co. A, 12th Regt Letter No. 40

[Templeton the "notorious spy" and Moran: see Report of Report of Gen Julius Stahel, in  James Joseph Williamson Mosby's Rangers 58]

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