After another march of 16 miles, this time in the rain—making their eleven day marching total more than 100 miles—the 13th camped near the Warrenton Springs resort, (probably the Fauquier White Sulphur Springs, above) southwest of Warrenton.
They surveyed the vengeful destruction Union Gen. John Pope’s army had left in the Second Battle of Manassas in its retreat northeast.
“The enemy has burned the magnificent hotel,” Minutemen of Attala Private Mike Hubbert wrote in his diary that evening, Aug. 31, 1862, “and done all other possible damage to this fine watering place.
“The Country [to here] from Orange C.H. looks like a desert. The enemy has destroyed everything they could and left numbers of Citizens homeless and pennyless.”