From the Richmond Sentinel, 8/4/1863, p. 2, c. 3
The Hermitage Fair Grounds. – Since the occupation of this place by the military, it has undergone quite a changed appearance. The fencing has been nearly all removed, and the desolating effects of war are visible on all sides. Let us hope that the day is not far distant when, in the enjoyment of the blessings of peace and independence, we may again witness the assembling of thousands of the beautiful daughters and sturdy farmers of Virginia, at this once attractive spot.