[from the diary of Lt. John Tyler, of Letcher's Artillery]
(Oct. 20th) The sky is clear this morning; but
the air cool, & the ground covered with frost.
Do not feel very well caused by my side paining
me. Sat up, after breakfast, feel much better.
Spent most of the morning reading. Just before
dinner Mr Gregg was to see me & brought me
over two dozen eggs, for which of course, I am
very much obliged, showing his kind thoughtful-
-ness of me. Jas went after Dr. Janney this morn-
-ing, to see Miss Paxton; she seems better to day.
Heard this morning that Stuart, in his raid, took
three prisoner viz, the Mayor of Chambersburg, Sheriff,
& a member of the Legislature, the former rode a
horse without a saddle, the latter ditto; but the
Sheriff, not liking horse back riding, they brought
on a Caisson. How I should liked to have seen
My Lord Mayor, riding bareback, & His
Excellency the Sheriff on his triumphal Car.
Ha! Ha! Ha! And me thinks the Honorable Legis-
-lator, will find a seat in the Libby Prison, not so
comfortable as one in the House of Delegates, Pa.
Miss L- sat most the afternoon with me. The Dr
was to see Miss Paxton & confirms our idea of her
condition. My side pains me considerably this
afternoon. Miss L- & Mrs P- sat the evening, avec
moi- and although side continued to pain me
the whole time, enjoyed their conversation-
[transcript by Mary Roy Dawson Edwards]