March 24 — This morning at daylight we hear the deep boom of a cannon in the direction of Kernstown, which plainly indicated that the Yanks were out early Rebel hunting, shelling the road as they cautiously advanced, searching for ambuscades or masked batteries, of both of which they seem to be most awfully afraid, [...]
Three Years in the Confederate Horse Artillery — George Michael Neese.
March 23 — This morning we ate breakfast at four o'clock, and daylight found us on the march for Kernstown. We arrived at Bartonsville by sunrise and remained there about two hours; then went within half a mile of Kernstown and halted. From there one gun went still a little farther on toward the town. [...]
March 22 — Yesterday evening we heard that the Yanks had nearly all left Winchester. This morning we started early en route down the Valley. Some of our boys were light-hearted and even merry, as they fully anticipated with the utmost confidence of entering Winchester this evening without any serious opposition or difficulty. Between Middletown [...]
March 20 — This morning we went below Woodstock on picket, but saw no Yanks. This evening we are quartered in the Court House at Woodstock.
March 19 — Early this morning we moved to the top of Fisher's Hill, two miles above Strasburg, put our battery in a good commanding position, and awaited the advance of the enemy. We did not have to wait long before their advance guard appeared over Hupp's Hill, nearly a mile north of Strasburg. Close [...]
March 18 — Everything was quiet in front until the middle of the afternoon. Then a report reached camp that the Yanks were advancing. We were ordered to pack up as quickly as possible and get ready for action. The enemy advanced rapidly, and we were ordered to Cedar Creek to oppose their onward march. [...]
March 16 — At twelve o'clock last night an alarm reached us that the pickets were fighting near Middletown, two miles from our camp. We were ordered to get ready to march at a moment's notice. The alarm was false, and we remained at an old house till day, but did not unroll our blankets [...]
March 15 — This morning the enemy advanced with cavalry and artillery. We put our battery in position at our camp on a hill half a mile above Newtown. We fired some eight or ten rounds; then fell back to Cedar Creek. Quartered in an old house on the hillside near Cedar Creek bridge.
March 14 — Went on picket at same post as yesterday.
March 13 — Went on picket this morning two miles below Newtown. All quiet in front. Returned to camp this evening.
March 12 — We left Bartonsville at eight this morning and moved slowly up the pike to a hill half a mile south of Newtown, where we are still camped this evening. To-day we had a little panic in camp, which came very near bordering on a stampede among the wagoners. Cavalrymen and some of [...]
March 11—At ten o'clock this morning we heard that the Yankees were advancing in force. We received orders to move toward Winchester, to go within one mile of town and await further orders. Immediately after we arrived within a mile of town we were ordered to return down the pike, to check the enemy's advance [...]
March 8 — To-day we moved four miles below Winchester, on the Martinsburg pike. Quartered in a house.
March 7 — About three o'clock this afternoon we heard the boom of a cannon in the direction of Bunker's Hill. Events of a startling character are crowding around the threshold of the near future. Little before sunset we got orders to march out on the Martinsburg road, as the Yankees were advancing on Winchester, [...]
March 6 — We moved from our quarters south of the Berryville road to a woods north of the road. All is quiet, but from various indications, and from our short movements from pike to pike, first to the Berryville pike and then to the Martinsburg road, forebodes that all is not well. A private [...]
March 2 — To-day we moved back again to the same place on the Berryville road where we moved from yesterday evening. Snowed all day.
March 1 — Late this evening we moved to the fair ground, which is at the north end of Winchester on the Martinsburg pike. We pitched our tents this evening for the first time this year.
February 28 — Moved to Winchester this morning and arrived there before ten o'clock. Remained in town awaiting orders till nearly night, then moved down the Berryville pike one mile, and quartered in a house on the south side of the road.
February 24 — This morning we renewed our march. The weather was calm, warm, and bright, with not a speck of cloud staining the sky, but we had not proceeded very far on our way before dark and threatening thunder clouds came rolling from the west, and soon broke over us in a drenching rain [...]
February 23 — This morning we left Martinsburg with all our household and camping utensils, and from all noticeable indications we have said our last farewell to winter quarters for this season, and who can tell where we shall dwell to be merry another winter? This evening we are quartered in a church at White [...]
January 29 — We came from Charlestown to-day, and this evening we are home again in our winter quarters in Martinsburg.
January 28 — Early this morning we started toward Harper's Ferry, through a cold and drenching rain. We got wet, and our clothes were stiff with ice, which put us in a first-class condition for fight — as wet hens fight well. When we got to Bolivar near the Ferry the rain had ceased, but [...]
January 27 — Remained at Charlestown awaiting orders.
January 26 — This morning we received orders to go with Ashby's Cavalry on a scout. At nine o'clock we were on the march. We went up the Winchester pike ten miles to Bunker's Hill. There we left the pike and came by Smithfield to Charlestown, where we arrived after dark. We are quartered in [...]
January 15 — Wet and dreary, rained and sleeted all day. Renewed our march early this morning, forded Back Creek near Shanghai, crossed the North Mountain, and at noon we arrived at Martinsburg, wet, but glad to get into comfortable winter quarters once more. I never saw it sleet faster than it did to-day when [...]