Skip to comments.AFFAIRS BEFORE RICHMOND: Further Details of the Events of Last Week; The Operations of Stonewall Jackson on Our Right and Rear (7/2/1862)
Posted on 07/02/2022 7:26:18 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson
WHITE HOUSE, Saturday, June 28 -- 8 P.M.
A DREARY RIDE.
On Thursday evening at 7, I left Fair Oaks for the White House. The train had left the station at Savage's, early in the evening, so I turned my horse's head toward Bottom's Bridge, and concluded to ride the short distance of twenty miles. A battle had been fought on our right that day, but it was impossible to ascertain, at headquarters, any of the particulars.
The supposition was that FITZJOHN PORTER was attempting to gain possession of a coveted hill on the south side of the Chickahominy, and had crossed for that purpose. The road to the White House, or at least the road called the shortest and best to travel on, is little better than a mule-path. Sombre clouds lined the horizon, threatening rain, and covering the forest where the road leads through with a density of darkness almost impossible to see my horse's head, the uneven ground caused him to stumble at every step. Just as I had emerged from the thickest part of the wood, I heard the word "halt." I did halt; some one came toward me; it was one of our patrol Captains; he had a company of infantry and two cannon posted to the side of the road. "All right, pass." After six hours' dreary and lonesome travel over the wilds and woods, I reached the White House. It was here I heard of JACKSON's advance.
A panic prevailed among the citizens, both Jew and Gentile. Dealers in Yankee Notions, and venders in preserved fruits, gathered in knots, discussing the state of affairs. Some of them regarded JACKSON's coming as a hoax to bring down the price of their goods;
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Affairs Before Richmond: Further Details of the Events of Last Week – 2-3
Up the York River: Trip to the White House – 4-5
News from South Carolina: Condition of Affairs in Gen. Hunter’s Department – 5-6
Important from the Southwest: Gen. Curtis’ Army Believed to be in a Critical Conditions – 6
Bounty to Volunteers: One-Fourth of the One Hundred Dollars to be Paid in Advance – 6
Important from Washington: call for Three Hundred Thousand Additional Troops – 6-7
Summer Work for Gen. Hunter – 7
Editorial: The Lines Before Richmond – 7-8
Editorial: Three Hundred Thousand More Volunteers Called for – 8
Editorial: Our Dealings with the Rebels – More Vindictiveness – 8
The Coming Anniversary of our National Independence – 8
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