Saturday, March 24, 2012

Monday, March 24, 1862

William sent us last Saturday a variety of garden seeds, vegetables and flowers, for ourselves for for distribution.
Today's Commercial says that the present week will be a most important one.  Movements are on foot calculated to crush the rebellion.  We may expect news of importance from Foote and Pope on the Mississippi, from Grant and Buell in Tennessee, Burnside in North Carolina and Sherman and Dupont in Georgia and perhaps from McClellan in Virginia.  May God bless these efforts to the furtherance of his own cause, and the establishment of the government.  May slavery be destroyed and peace be restored to our beloved country.  Yesterday a severe battle was fought near Winchester, Va., between the command of Gen. Shields (formerly Lauder's) 8000 strong and the rebels under Jackson, 15000 strong in which the Federals were victorious.  The Ohio seventh and one Pennsylvania regiment did the hardest of the fighting.  A late Baltimore Clipper has a notice of a pleasant railroad excursion to Harpers Ferry to see the bridge lately constructed there.  Among notices of speeches made on the return trip is one by William who gave "the Press" as a toast, and was responded to by N. P. Willis.  
Lizzie received a letter of thanks from the Sanitary Commission through their secretary Mr. Fosdick.  He says that they will send supplies up the Tennessee this week.  Thus our boxes may reach the 53" and 77".

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