June 22 — We had preaching in camp to-day again, and we are getting in a goodly supply of heavenly ammunition from the arsenal of truth — in double doses, preaching in the morning and prayer meeting at night. The ammunition is fixed and ready to fire at all times and under all circumstances, and [...]
Three Years in the Confederate Horse Artillery — George Michael Neese.
June 20— To-day we moved camp two miles below Harrisonburg, then started down the pike to do picket duty. When we had proceeded a few miles on our way the order was countermanded, and we returned to camp.
June 17 — To-day I went on the field where we fought on the 6th, and saw the very spot where our lamented Ashby fell.
June 15 — Remained in camp. The Rev. Mr. Avariat, chaplain of the brigade, preached two sermons in camp to-day. This was the first opportunity that presented itself for preaching in camp on Sunday sincewe left winter quarters in Martinsburg on February 23. The morning sermon was preached from the sixteenth verse of the third [...]
June 14 — Renewed our march at daylight and moved to within a half mile of Harrisonburg, where Ashby's Cavalry is camped, on the west side of the pike.
June 13 — This morning we left Vernon Forge, crossed the South River, and marched toward the Valley pike. We crossed Middle River and arrived at Naked Creek on the Valley pike by noon, then marched down the pike to within five miles of Harrisonburg, and camped.
June 12 — Moved camp to-day to Vernon Forge on South River, near Weyer's Cave.
June 11 — To-day we recrossed the Blue Ridge, and are camped this evening two miles east of Weyer's Cave. We passed General Jackson's army to-day, still camped all along the road high up on both sides of the mountain.
June 10—A while after daylight it commenced raining in torrents, drenching us to the skin and putting all our fires out. At ten o'clock we were ordered forward, and marched to the eastern base of the Blue Ridge in Albermarle County, and camped. Jackson's army is still on the mountain. His men are camped all [...]
June 9 — Early this morning we received one hundred and fifty rounds of ammunition. When we left camp old Stonewall's cannon were thundering on the east side of the river below Port Republic, in front of General Shields. Shields had his forces strongly posted about one mile below Port Republic, his right on the [...]
June 8 — The war fruit ripened last night, and this morning the cannons commenced booming in front and rear. We were ordered to the Shenandoah River near Port Republic, as the advance guard of Shields's army — which is advancing up the Luray Valley — was there hammering at and threatening Jackson's rear — [...]
Neese predicts: "About to-morrow Old Stonewall will show them how it is done." The next day will see the battle of Cross Keys. June 7 — This morning we moved about three miles in the direction of Port Republic, then halted and remained in marching order all day, waiting for some war fruit, blooming all [...]
June 6 — Early this morning we left camp and passed through Harrisonburg, turning off of the Valley pike half a mile above town on the Port Republic road. We had not left town an hour before the Yankee cavalry entered it. A little while after we left the pike I saw a Yankee cavalryman [...]
June 5 — This morning we moved about a mile south of where we were camped last night, remained there till nearly midday, then moved up the Valley to within half a mile of Harrisonburg, and camped.
June 4 — Rained all last night and tc-day. At four o'clock this evening a report reached camp that the Yanks were advancing. We went half a mile below New Market, took a position and remained there till nearly dark, then moved back a mile south of town and camped. The Yankees crossed the river [...]
June 3 — It was cloudy and rainy last night, and when we were ready to go in the barn to creep into the sweet embrace of Morpheus' soothing charms it was so dark that we could not see nor tell what from which, nor who from where, too dark to go to bed decently [...]
June 2 — It rained all last night, and we were lying in it without tents. At daylight we renewed our march up the Valley. The road was very muddy and slushy. We overtook Jackson's wagon train again, which thronged the road and moved slowly. I think that a shell or two in the right [...]
June 1 — This morning we renewed our march up the Valley. Near Strasburg we went in position on a commanding hill northwest of town. On top of the hill was a strong redoubt surrounded and protected by an abatis, that was constructed by General Banks' troops a few weeks ago. We had occupied the [...]
May 25 — Early this morning found us on the march toward Winchester. We had not proceeded very far before we heard heavy cannonading, which I knew was on the hills around Winchester. As we drew nearer I heard the incessant shrieking of shell and the deadly ping of the thousand fragments of exploding shell [...]
May 10 — This afternoon it was again reported that the Yanks were advancing. We went to the same hill we were on on the 8th, and put our guns in battery, but the game failed again to come in sight.
May 8 — At midday our pickets reported that the Yankees were advancing up the pike — only cavalry, I suppose. We went in position with our guns on a hill east of the pike and south of North River. We had a first-class position, for it thoroughly commanded the ford and its approaches on [...]
May 6—This morning we renewed our march through a beautiful country. We struck the Valley pike one mile below Mount Sidney, then marched down the pike to North River, and camped on the south side of the river. This camp is a half mile south of Mount Crawford, eight miles from Harrisonburg. I have not [...]
May 4 — Our camp being in the immediate vicinity of one of Virginia's most beautiful curiosities, Weyer's Cave, some eight or ten of our battery and some thirty or forty cavalrymen visited the caverns to-day. It certainly is the most beautiful hole in the ground I ever was in, and the environments on the [...]
May 3 — Remained in camp yesterday, but renewed our march this morning over the muddiest and worst road that I ever saw or dreamed of. So far, this has been a wet, rainy spring, and the roads in general are in a bad condition. Just two days ago Jackson's trains passed over the road [...]
May 1 — Rained hard all last night; we renewed our march this morning up the river over a very muddy and almost impassable road. In fact, at some places we had to go through the fields and meadows in consequence of the wretched condition of the road. We marched about nine miles to-day, and [...]