de of the James, revealed the fact that Coggin's point, opposite McClellan's camp across the James, and projecting toward its rear, commanded that camp from its bluffs and was within range of field artillery.
Taking advantage of this, Lee sent D. H. Hill, secretly, to this point on July 31st, and he, under cover of darkness, startled the Federals in their camp and shipping by pouring into them the fire of forty-three pieces of artillery, doing considerable damage but suffering none, as he retir Confederate cavalry beyond, that still guarded the upper Shenandoah valley.
The Federal cavalry picketed to these rivers on their northern sides.
Lee had no misgivings about intrusting the care of Pope to Jackson.
Writing to him, after sending Hill to his aid, he says: Relying upon your judgment, courage and discretion, and trusting to the continued blessing, of an ever-kind Providence, I hope for victory—words and sentiments that found a responsive echo in the soul of his twin brother in th