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ting to six thousand men, my whole force being eleven thousand (11,000,; so that it will be seen that the balance of the line, embracing a length of thirteen miles, was defended by about five thousand men. After two reconnaissances in great force from Fortress Monroe and Newport News, the enemy, on the 3d of April, advanced and took possession of Harwood's Mills. He had advanced in two heavy columns--one along the old York road, and the other along the Warwick road, and, on the 5th of April. appeared simultaneously along the whole front of our line, from Minor's farm to Yorktown. I have no accurate data upon which to base an exact statement of his force, but, from various sources of information, I was satisfied that I had before me the enemy's Army of Potomac, under the command of Gen. McClellan, with the exception of the two corps d' armee of Banks and McDowell respectively, forming an aggregate number of certainly not less than 100,000 men, since ascertained to have b