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Frantz - McCauley family papers, Letter 1862 April 11 and 13

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Camp near New Market Shenandoah Friday April 11th 1862 Dear Ma As I am very anxious to hear from you all, I naturally, suppose that you would like to know how I am getting along. I have not received a letter from Home since Capt. Deyerle returned with his recruits - almost 3 weeks ago. The Yankee Pickets have got as far as Edenburg [Edinburg], about 12 miles from here, but their main Army is not nearer I believe than Strasburg, 25 miles distant. We keep out a pretty strong picket now - Ashby (Col. of a cavalry reg't.) is fighting their pickets and scouts almost every day. Col. Ashby is a useful man here in the Valley he annoys the Enemy nearly to death takes some prisoners and kills some nearly every day. The other day on picket one of his men climbed a tree, & saw 15 wagons going across the mountains toward Luray he (the Col.) immediately dispatched two companies to go & take them, which they did - finding the Yankees coming on back with them full of corn which they had stolen. They burnt the corn & wagons & brought the horses and wagoners to camp. The Yankees are trying to rebuild a Bridge that we burnt this side of Edenburg [sic] - But Ashby won't let them - every time they attempt it he shells them so heavy that they conclude to abandon the attempt.