Page from Berry Benson's Diary
WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 1861
Fire last night orders to move to Alexandria tomorrow.
Start at 4 P.M. Ride all night and reach Manassas Junction. Other troops camped there. More B_ad & __ll H.
Hear Alex is taken by Federal forces. Troops from the city constantly passing. Man named Jackson boots a Fed. soldier for tearing down __ Conf. flag. Is himself shot.
SATURDAY, MAY 25, 1861
Our Co. on picket last night about ¾ mile from camp. 2d S.C. arrives. Collision in R.R. Four men killed Start to-night to Bull Run on picket.
[in pencil] Our Right on picket guard_ miles from camp - having [in pen] Hear enemy is camped near us. Start to-night toward Alexa. Camp same place as last night on Bull Run
March to Cuter. Camp in woods. Hear the enemy is in 4 miles. Form on hill ready to receive them. Va Cavly & Army with us. 20 Regt doublequick from Junction to support us.
*Misspellings and errors in syntax were retained.
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