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After surviving the Battle of McDowell, in which he lost many comrades, Lt. "Shep" Pryor was later wounded in battle near Culpepper, Virginia. He survived the war, returned to his beloved Penelope, and became Sheriff of Sumter County, Georgia. Lt.…
Union forces now occupied Fort Johnson and were moving to capture Staunton. "Stonewall" Jackson, moving with speed and secrecy, had arrived at the foot of Shenandoah Mountain and moved west to defeat Union Generals John C. Fremont and R.H. Milroy …
On April 20, 1862, the Confederate garrison left Fort Johnson to protect Staunton, and to avoid being cut off from the rear by another advancing Union Army. Lt. Pryor describes the retreat from the mountain.
Camp at Westview, 7 milN, Of Staunto…
April 18th, 1862
My Dear Penelope,
I take the opportunity this evening to write you a few lines to let you know that I am yet in the land of the living &, thank God, enjoying good health.
Wee are now looking out for a f…
My Dear Penelope
Wee are now tolerable well fortified; got 12 pieces of cannon and places all fixed for the men to shoot from; that is, fortifications for cannon with openings to shoot through so the men can man the cannon and not be exposed to…