|Chief Little Crow|
—George Templeton Strong, of New York City, yesterday writes in his journal a new re-assessment of McClellan’s Peninsula Campaign, with an astute eye for the strategic situation:
—Robert Knox Sneden of the Army of the Potomac, offers his observations of the soldiers enjoying a swim in the York River as well as the not-battlefield where McClellan had spent a month preparing a siege the previous April, only to have the Rebels withdraw the night before he opens fire:
—Skirmishing between Lee’s troops and Pope’s troops breaks out in various spots along the Rappahannock River, which now is between the two armies.
—George Michael Neese, Confederate artilleryman in Chew’s Battery, now attached to Stuart’s cavalry, recounts in his journal the encounter the Confederates have near the Rappahannock, when some captured Yankees tell their captors that Federal cavalry were posted just beyond sight, and were preparing to charge Stuart’s men:
There were about three thousand horsemen drawn up in line, all with drawn sabers, ready to receive a charge or make one. A glance over the field and along the battle line was at once grand, magnificent, and inspiring. Three thousand burnished sabers glittered in the sunlight, ready to be wielded by determined men whose steady and silent gaze to the front, where the enemy was supposed to lurk, pre-signified that every man was spellbound, fascinated, and inspired by the splendor of the sheen and the grandeur of the warlike martial array that was as gorgeous as a dress parade. Yet every man was ready and expecting to receive the shock of battle. We remained in battle line about two hours, waiting for the Yankee charge they did not make; and now I am confident that the Yankee prisoners wilfully lied to-day when they said that their cavalry was preparing to charge General Stuart’s in that particular locality, because the Yankee cavalry is not so awfully chargy when they find something a little dangerous to charge.