Sunday night, May 18, 1862.
This morning a young Morton preached and to- night
a young Carrington — both, I believe, chaplains in the
army. Military garb, even in the pulpit, is not uncommon
these days. Last night Col. Reid of Lexington was here at
supper, and this afternoon Frazier came up and is spend-
ing the night. Both are returning from the Legislature. —
Col. R. brought up a report (having come up street after
I left) that the "Yankees" were at Jackson's River,
the Western terminus of the Central Railroad. Mr. Wayt
told me at Sunday School, this morning, that their
force amounted to four hundred cavalry. Next I
heard that it was five hundred. Then Frazier brought a
report that was eight hundred cavalry and a thou-
sand infantry. H. J. Crawford told me at church
that it was two thousand. And, finally, Wm. Kayser as-
serted positively that it was three hundred. A portion of
our cavalry was ordered to Jackson's River, but mistook the
order and went to Lexington! It is rumored that Gen.
Winder, one of Jackson's Brigadiers, mistook directions
given to him at McDowell, and thus the enemy escaped
capture in the recent affair. A series of mistakes. Mrs.
Sowers died this afternoon. Reported that Mr. John McCue
is dead. Several citizens of Highland, arrested for giving
aid to the enemy, have been brought in.