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Picketing, Raiding, Finding Forage Mark Winter Of ‘63

  • Written by Bob Driver

Editor’s note: Welcome to another installment in our series about Rockbridge County in the Civil War. This week, local historian Bob Driver is once again keeping us “up to date” on how Rockbridge County soldiers were faring this time of the year 150 years ago.

 The winter of 1863 found most of the Confederate soldiers from Rockbridge County in winter quarters. Capt. Augustus M. Houston of the Valley Regulators, raised in the Natural Bridge area of the county, wrote to the Lexington Gazette to "present the thanks of my Company … to the Ladies and Gentlemen of the upper end of Rockbridge and the lower end of Botetourt for the presentation of sixty-two pair of socks, five pair of shoes, one pair of pants, one vizor, and two pair of gloves."