Ross Family Letters, RG 149
August 7th, 1862 [Sept]
I Seat myself this evning to drop you a few lines hurriedly. These few lines leaves me well and on the distant land of Maryland. We waded the Potomac River on the 4th inst and was hardly troubled at all by the enemy a few picket shots were fired by them which was all, one of Gen Hills staff officers had his horse shot from under him, all the damage done. We captured two prisoners Lieut & private they said that they were completely surprised
We took possession of the canal an blew up a lock to let the water out We then moved on to this place where their was a good large body of Yankees but they left yestoday evning. so the citizens say. We will have warm work here in a few days certain. The people generally Seem much rejoiced at our coming, but in Frederick-Town this evning some of our officers found some ladies with a union flag raised. The boys are all well so far as I know. I am verry uneasy about Bro John I have not heard from him since we started on the last expedition. Your Bro GW Ross
(please tell) .
Mr Ross pa that I am well, but too tired to write Tell him I will write the first opportunity. By so doing you will oblige your friend
W T Rowe