retty blue in Richmond over the reports of our victories; but as they are in direct telegraphic communication with the points at which the fighting took place, they were no doubt at the same time aware of our defeats, of which we have not learned till to-day; so probably they did not feel as badly as we imagined.
The general was not a man to waste any time over occurrences of the past; his first thoughts were always to redouble his efforts to take the initiative and overcome disaster by success.
Now that his cooperating armies had failed him, he determined upon still bolder movements on the part of the troops under his immediate direction.
As the weather was at this time more promising, his first act was to sit down at his field-desk and write an order providing for a general movement by the left flank toward Richmond, to begin the next night, May 19.
He then sent to Washington asking the cooperation of the navy in changing our base of supplies to Port Royal on the Rappahannock.
Grant and the Virginia lady
a race for the North Anna
a noonday halt at Mrs. Tyler's
The fact that a change had been made in the position of our troops, and that Hancock's corps had been withdrawn from our front and placed in rear of our center, evidently made Lee suspect that some movement was afoot, and he determined to send General Ewell's corps to try to turn our light, and to put Early in readiness to cooperate in the movement if it should promise success.
In the afternoon of May 19, a little after five o'clock, I was taking a nap in my tent, to try to make up for the sleep lost the night before.
Aides-de-camp in this campaign were usually engaged in riding back and forth during the night between headquarters and the different commands, communicating instructions for the next day, and had to catch their sleep in instalments.
I was suddenly awakened by my colored servant crying out to me: Wake up, sah, fo‘ God's sake!
De whole ob Lee's army am in our reah!
He was in