I am, very respectfully, &c.,
R. E. LEE,
—McClellan’s advance has finally occupied Malvern Hill, and skirmishes with Rebel cavalry. Meanwhile, Lee has put his troops on the road toward Malvern Hill. They camp on the night of the 6th, and this morning, as they advance toward Malvern Hill to push back the Yankee incursion, they find Malvern Hill empty. McClellan has pulled the Federal troops back.
—A Union officer names Charles Wright Wills, now of the 8th Illinois Infantry, writes in his journal from Tuscumbia, Alabama, where his regiment is bivouacked, and tells of the activity of Rebel raiders trying to destroy the rail lines which the Federals now use for supply, as well as his feelings about slavery and the War and how it is prosecuted—and a few prophetic remarks about General Pope’s arrogance:
—Sarah Morgan gets news of the already-decided Battle of Baton Rouge a day late, and mourns the loss of the town to the Yankees again:
I am so disheartened! I have been listening with the others to a man who was telling us about Baton Rouge, until I am heartsick. He says the Yankees have been largely reinforced, and are prepared for another attack which will probably take place to morrow; that the fight was a dreadful one, we driving them in, and losing twelve hundred, to their fifteen hundred. It must have been awful! And that our troops have resolved to burn the town down, since they cannot hold it under the fire of the gunboats.
—George Templeton Strong of New York City writes in his journal about McClellans’ fading star:
—Gen. Stonewall Jackson orders his three divisions (Winder, A.P. Hill, and Ewell) to break camp and march northward from Gordonsville.