November 6, 1862: Through a Mountainous Country
Marched to day through a mountainous country and on a crooked road, and encamped about 4 miles from Upperville, after marching 15 miles from the time we passed through it yesterday.
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A correspondent traveling with the First and Second Delaware Regiments wrote a letter to the editor of the Delaware State Journal and Statesman describing the Blue Ridge Mountain landscape that the troops marched through in early November:
The touches of autumn are herecoming less gentle as we advance. The drooping and frost-tinted leaf, the fields of ripened corn which are destined not to reward the husbandman, the raw and penetrating winds which come over the hills, the careful nursing of fires and adherence to overcoats, admonish us that though there has been a general revolution of everything in Dixie, the seasons continue their usual rounds and that the fall has not forgotten to make its visitation.
Our march to-day has been a short one, only about six miles, skirting the Blue Ridge. We passed through Upperville on the way to Manassas Gap, and are now encamped within about six miles of that spot. Some of the roads were very rough. Some of the boys remarked that if they had such roads in Delaware they would have been fired and burnt up long ago. Much of the land was uncultivated and many of the houses unoccupied and of desolate appearance.