July 28, 1863

Camp woke up at 2 ½ o’clock.  Moved at daylight.  Commenced the ascent of the mountain (Fisher Gap, Blue Ridge) at 5 ½ o’clock.  Reached the top of the mountain at 9 ½ o’clock.  Very hard march on horses.  20 days without cover.  (Mem.  6 miles up from Luray valley & 7 miles down opposite side.)  Camped now 5 miles from foot of the mountain & 5 miles from Madison Courthouse.  Dropped 2 horses today.  Rained very hard this evening.

Diary of A.M. Riddle [Civil War Miscellany]

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