Monday night, May 5, 1862.
Train after train has arrived to-day, bring
regiments — 23rd, 42nd, 48th, 21st, Irish battalion, 37th,
all of which have been through this place once or twice
before. But how different their appearance since last
summer? Many of the men are ragged, and quite a
number entirely without shoes. They also look dirty,
and sickly — I mean a large proportion. The regiments
and battalion I have mentioned, and perhaps others, (the 10th)
marched out two or three miles from town, on the
West View road, to camp. Jackson's old brigade — composed of
the 2nd, 4th, 5th, 27th +c regiments — are encamped two
miles East of town. The town was full of country peo-
ple this evening, who were permitted to come in but not
to go out. Pickets are posted on all the roads.
Reported that Yorktown has been abandoned by our troops
and that Norfolk — in fact every place approachable by wa=
ter — will be. In all probability there was another great
fight at Corinth yesterday.
The brigade (Jackson's) is composed of Valley men, and
the 5th regiment is (except one company) from this county. It is said
that when they found that the army was really
leaving the Valley at Brown's Gap, they were greatly de-
pressed; but when their faces were turned towards Rockfish
Gap, every face brightened.
[transcription by Valley of the Shadow project]