October 19 — This morning at daybreak we returned to our picket post again.
Three Years in the Confederate Horse Artillery — George Michael Neese.
October 18 — This morning we moved to our old camp again, four miles from Charlestown on the Berryville pike. This afternoon the first piece was ordered to go on picket at our old post one mile below Charlestown, on the Harper's Ferry pike. This evening we left our post and came one mile south [...]
October 17 — Last night was about as dark as they generally get in this country. I was on guard duty during the fore part of the night and it rained very hard all through my whole watch. We had no fire until after midnight, the ground, wood, and everything else being soaking wet; even [...]
October 16 — This morning the Yankees advanced on our picket post with cavalry, artillery, and infantry. One gun of our battery and three pieces of the Richmond Howitzers fought them and held them in check until our ammunition was exhausted, then retired from action, as it is perfectly indiscreet to try to hold a [...]
October 15 — We were relieved this evening from picket by the second section of our battery and a portion of the Richmond Howitzers. We came back to camp.
October 14 — Still on picket. This morning I saw a captive balloon anchored over the Yankee camp in the direction of Harper's Ferry. Balloon reconnoitering seems to be a safe way of making observations of an enemy's forces, movements, and encampments, and where the country is level and not too much wooded the information [...]
October 12 — On picket to-day we heard some cannon firing, which I suppose was in Loudoun County.
October 11—Went on picket one mile below Charlestown on the Harper's Ferry pike.
October 4 — This morning I went to Charlestown with my detachment to relieve the second detachment. I returned to camp this evening, as the gunner of the second detachment refused to leave his piece, but took charge of my men.
October 3 — One gun went on picket, the remainder of the battery remaining in camp.
October 2 — This morning we moved to our old camp again, on the Charlestown and Berryville pike, three miles south of Charlestown.
October 1 — This morning we renewed our march and moved in a northern direction, winding among the hills along the eastern base of the Blue Ridge. At midday we struck the Alexandria and Winchester pike again, near Snickersville. This afternoon we crossed the Blue Ridge at Snickers Gap. Camped near Berryville.
September 30 — We renewed our march this morning and moved in a southern direction through a rather broken rolling country until we arrived at the Alexandria and Winchester pike; there the country was prettier and the land better. We followed the pike until we got above Aldie, then turned to the left, a move [...]
September 29 — Early this morning we renewed our march toward Leesburg. We arrived at the Shenandoah River about nine o'clock and remained there until noon, then forded the river and marched very fast all the remainder of the day until after dark. We crossed the Blue Ridge at Snickersville, a little village nestling close [...]
September 28 — To-day we left Leetown at noon and marched till after dark. Camped three miles east of Berryville. Berryville, the county seat of Clarke County, is situated in a fine country ten miles east of Winchester and five miles from the Shenandoah River.
September 27 — The howitzer went to Berryville on picket.
September 25 —This morning we were ordered up the Berryville pike. We went about three miles toward Berryville, then came right back to camp. After we got back we moved camp to Leetown, which is seven miles from Charlestown, on the Smithfield and Shepherdstown road.
September 23 — This evening at dusk we left our picket post and moved back to camp, which is in a wood four miles from Charlestown, on the Berryville pike.
September 22 — Still on picket. From our post we can see the white tents of an extensive camp of Yankees, way up on South Mountain in Maryland, just beyond Maryland Heights.
September 21 — This morning we moved to Charlestown, remained there about two hours, then went on picket a mile below town on the Harper's Ferry road. This afternoon we had preaching at our picket post, by a minister from Charlestown.
September 20— It was ten o'clock this morning when we left camp. We moved up the Winchester pike to Bunker's Hill, and remained there till dusk, when we moved to Smithfield and camped. We passed about two hundred army wagons on the road between Bunker's Hill and Smithfield. There are a great many troops camped [...]
September 19 — Last night our army commenced to retreat across the Potomac, and by nine o'clock this morning our whole force had left Maryland, my Maryland — that the bands played so much a few weeks ago — behind, and we stood once more on the friendly hills of Virginia. We were nearly the [...]
September 18 — Late yesterday afternoon some of the enemy's shell set some buildings on fire in Sharpsburg and the flames threw a red glare on the sky that reflected a pale ghostly light over the battle plain strewn with the upturned faces of the dead. Early this morning we went about a mile to [...]
September 17 — Early this morning the cannon commenced booming on the fields around Sharpsburg in Washington County, Maryland. Sharpsburg is about three miles from Shepherdstown, and from our camp we plainly heard the opening guns of the great battle that raged fearfully all day between General Lee's forces and General McClellan's whole army. At [...]
September 16— This morning we moved to within a quarter of a mile of Shepherdstown and camped. Shepherdstown is right on the bank of the Potomac in Jefferson County, about ten miles east of Martinsburg. We are camped on the farm near the residence of A. R. Boteler. Morgan Spring, a large and beautiful spring, [...]