On the 16th, the men arrived at Castleman's Ferry. Hopes of a quick journey across to Snicker's Gap were dashed when they found the river running high and fast.
Lige White ordered the men to set up camp. They'd have to wait for the river to calm down.
One day was all the Rebels could bear to sit around. Lige White marched the men to the river. John joined some of the bolder fellows in swimming horses across. The rest came across in skiffs, leading their horses to the other side. While everyone was getting into dry clothing, a courier came to let White know about Yankees in the gap. White wanted to see for himself. He ordered up a serving of hasty dressing, then led the 35th up the Snickersville road. Sure as shootin', Yankee infantry was there, moving in force.
White told Frank Myers they'd have to keep going up the valley, try again at Ashby's Gap. John Sloper swore: "Damnation! If only we could've gotten across yesterday...!"
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