[from the diary of Matthella Page Harrison as transcribed at as later date]
Went to Winchester today with Mary Frances. Pickets were on the road but allowed us to pass without a pass from their general. there were very few in town. The pickets told us a fight was expected every day. We heard of a fight at Gordonsville at which we were victorious. There was a great panic which caused the rumor of their possession of the place. Morgan, the American [states?], has every city of any consequence in the state of Kentucky in a state of siege, each one afraid to assist the other and leave itself unprotected while he is quickly proceeding on his march through the state. Cold and rainy day.