[from the diary of Matthella Page Harrison]
Thursday May 22
An intensely warm day. Was very much exhausted after riding to Pagebrook in the buggy. War news is scarce today. The yellow fever has broken out in New Orleans, which fact will spread a dread panic among the Northern clan. The first Federal Court was held in Winchester today, but while in session news was brought that twelve of Ashby's men had slept near Newton. The reverend seniors were so alarmed they dispersed in great haste. We walked to the Hall tonight, found Uncle George very cheerful considering his eyes are closed to the springtime glory which I never saw surpassed, perhaps from the contrast of the war and tumult filling the land.