Odell Family Papers, Letter 1861 Aug 7
Fairfax Courthouse Va. Aug 7th 1861. Mr. Daniel Odell Jun. Dear Cousin. As a favorable opportunity presents its self; I hasten to acquaint you with a few circumstances connected with our military life; and in so doing you must not expect me to give as fine a picture as those who are resposeedly ]sic] fixed in their own harbors, away from tumult and distraction. As I have not written to you since I came to camps I will state facts that I have frequently written In the first place; we stopped at Linchburg [Lynchburg] Va. stayed there a few days, were mustered into the service of the Southern Confederacy (on th[e] 6th of June.) and received our Arms, which are the Peressien [sic] Muskets and very good at that We then left under an order to Harpers Ferry; and firstly we went to Manassas Junction, then took the central R. R. to Strowsburg [Strasburg]; where we got off the cars, and went east on Wagpn to Winchester Va. We stayed there all night and; then started a foot N. E. to a Town called Romney. We were 3 ds. on the road, and when we reached there were very tired; and our feet too sore to talk. We stayed there a few days; and our Co. Capt.Lilards and one from the Va. (10th Reg.) wer[e] sent to the N. Branch of the Potomack [sic] to the 27 st Bridge where there were about 3 or 400 Abolitionist stationed guarding the Bridge. We started at dark traveled all night and reached there next morning at 5 Oclock; and sliped [sic] in through the Bushes on them but as soon as they saw us they broke and only a few men got to fire; and only one or two of them were killed and one of them shot a man in Capt. Lilards Co in the Arm.