Odell Family Papers, Letter 1861 Aug 7
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We took 2 Cannons and the first flag that has been taken and returned back to our tents with as much grace as Cezar [sic] When he conquered the Gauls. We then came back to Winchester and stayed there till the fight at Manass[as]. Gen. Patterson who commanded a large force at Martinsburg 22 ms. East of Winchester and were drawn up in the line of battle several times expecting them to come, but they did not start the confusion occured [sic] through the Picket[s] who wer[e] daily getting into skirmishes. We wer[e] [illegible] marched out within 6 miles of them and waited there 3 days, and half the time strung out in readiness for them but they still stayed back. We then came back to Town and threw up breast Work to a considerable extent and planted larg[e] Cannons there; but they finding our forces to be pretty strong there and thinking they had caused all Beaureguard,s forces to leave the junction they threw all their forces at Martinsburg across to Alexandria as quick as they could so as to have an overwhelming number when they made the attack; but Johnston (our Gen) was wise enough to see this movement and sent us Double quick time to assist Beauregard so we took it afoot across the Blue Ridge to Peidmont where we got on the Cars we got on the Cars and thence to the fight which we reached about 3 oClock in the evenig [evening]. Scott had come and with one hundred and thirty thousand of his best men and 100 of the finest Artillery in the U. S. A. with the