[from the diary of Charles Hay of the 23rd Ohio]
Pack’s Ferry, Va., July 9th, 1862.
Crossed the river today, and took a walk
in Monroe County. Ascended a mountain
fully a mile, and came across a family
professedly Union, who used us very kindly,
and were quite affable. But, how, in
the name of goodness, any individual can
be content to inhabit the summit of
such a mountain, is more than I can
fathom. Certainly he has never seen much
of the world, to be content with such an
unprepossessing portion of it.
Camp Jones, Flat Top Mt. July 10th.
Returned from Pack’s Ferry today.
[transcript by Mary Roy Dawson Edwards]