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November 9, 1862


November 9, 1862


From George Murray to his parents, dated 09NOV1862, Waterloo. Marched through Leesburg, Mt. Langdon, Middleburg, and Salem chasing the rebels. Currently camped in the mountains, heading for Warrenton and Manassas. In post script tells of capture of 15-24 rebels and 2 pieces of artillery. In pencil on lined folder stationary. Creased and stained, front is faded. ""Mt Holly Paper Co"" seal at top. Treated 7/1994 by Filter.


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Waterloo Va Nov. 9th 1862

Dear Father & Mother

I thought that I would sit down and write a few lines to let you know where we are. We are on the banks of the river, on Friday and entered Leesburg that night, we laid there all night, and started Sunday, and marched to mount Langdon, we laid there all night, and started the next morning, and marched within a mile of Middleburg, we then went out on picket duty for the night, we then started the next morning and went up the Ashby's Gap Turnpike and proceeded through Middleburg, and marched within a mile of Salem , we then started the next morning and marched through Salem, we crossed the mountains and encamped about .four miles from here, the next morning started and reached our present camp about ten o'clock in a snow squall. We have been marching steady for more than eight or nine days. We now are among the mountains and it is pretty cold sometimes, and we had a pretty good snow storm. Waterloo is on the Hazel River a branch of the Rappahanock. The whole army is lying around here. Yesterday we threw seven or eight shells across the river, and routed a small force of the rebels out of an old house, on the other side of the river. The pioneers have gone down to the river to fin the bridges so that we can cross. We had some hard and rough marching lately, among the mountains, between the rocks and creeks. We are heading for Warrington junction and how far beyond I cannot tell at present. How did pop and George get home. We crossed the Manassas Gap Railroad several times, and passed through White Plains and it was deserted by all of the people. We have been following up the rebels long enough, and now I hope we will catch then now, for we have heard them firing at the rebels for several days. I am well at present, and hope these few lines will find you the same. Write soon and tell me all of the news. Give my love to all inquiring friends.

G. Murray

P.S. We have captured from fifteen to twenty four rebels, and two pieces of artillery. Be sure and let me know how pop got back. Direct to Robinsons Brigade, Stoneman's Division.

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George Murray


November 9, 1862




George Murray, “November 9, 1862,” Slaughter-Murray Papers, accessed February 22, 2024,