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276 Southern Historical Society Papers.

September 4th, Sunday. Marched towards Berryville, passing Jordan Springs, a well known watering place, and halted at 12 o'clock, one and a half miles from Berryville. Deployed to the left of the town, where we could see the enemy and their breast- works very plainly. At night retired one mile.

September 5. Our division again passed Jordan Springs, and soon after hearing- the skirmishers firing in front, were hastily formed into line, and ordered forward to support our cavalry, marching parallel with the pike. We pursued the enemy about four miles, during a heavy, drenching rain, amidst mud and slush, across corn fields, fences, ditches and creeks, but were unable to overtake them, and halted about three miles from Bunker Hill. It rained inces- santly during the night, and prevented our sleeping very soundly.

We hear very heavy skirmishing on the Millwood road, and are ordered to be ready for action. Adjutant Gayle and Sergeant Major Bruce Davis keep busy carrying such orders from company o company. The Richmond papers bring us news of the fall of Atlanta. It grieves us much. Atlanta is between us and our homes. It is only seventy miles from where my dearly loved mother and sisters live, and all mail communication with them is now cut off. It pains and distresses me to think that La Grange and Greenville, Ga. , may be visited by raiding parties, and my relatives and friends annoyed and insulted by the cruel Yankees, as the noble and un- conquered people of the Valley have been.

Am daily expecting my commission as captain, as Capt. McNeely has been "retired" on account of the wound he received at Chan- cellorsville, May 3rd, 1863, nearly eighteen months ago, and since which time, except on wounded leave of absence, for twenty-five days, after the battle of Gettysburg, I have been in constant command of my company, being the only officer "present for duty." My commission will date from time of issuance of Captain McNeely 's papers of, retirement, some months since. Lieutenant Colonel Goodgame left for Alabama to-day on "leave of absence." His name is an exceedingly appropriate one, as he is a gallant, un- flinching officer and soldier. His "game" is unquestionably "good."

Company F was on picket to-day, gth of September. I took tea with the family of Mr. Payne, near Stephenson's depot. They are true Southerners. Miss Betty Payne, the elder sister, is a very bright and accomplished woman. Our entire army is getting its supplies of flour by cutting and threshing the wheat in the fields,