Giles C.H. by our General Heth.
Tuesday night, May 13, 1862.
A report from Jackson's army states that the enemy
had met reinforcements at Franklin and were making
a stand — that they had set the woods on fire all around,
which caused the smoky atmosphere observed here. The
smoke, however, (if it be smoke) prevailed several days
before the enemy raised their conflagration. Some body
started a report to-day that Jackson's army had been
captured. From Richmond we hear of the destruction
of the famous steamer "Virginia," by our authorities,
and the complete evacuation of Norfolk + Portsmouth. —
Va has been at the Hospital again to-day. Yester-
day she and all hands were busy making pillow
cases to be filled with straw. Nanny + Matty have been
scraping. Phil Trout, who went out to Wilson's after
the battle, relates an incident of striking interest. He
found a wounded man from this county, and told
him he would bring him to Staunton in an ambu-
lance, if he desired to come. The man replied that he
wished very much to come, but he could sit up, and
that some one who would have to lie down had better be
brought. This had never heard of the saying and act of Sir
Philip Sidney, when mortally wounded on the field of
Zutphen, which have immortalized his name. It was
the same spirit — "Thy necessity is yet greater than mine."
Finding two boxes of proper size at Evans' for
hives, I bought them this evening.
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