eived, also, that the artillery had withdrawn, and that large bodies of broken troops were leaving the centre and moving down the Williamsburgh road to the rear.
Assisted by Capt. Suydam, my Assistant Adjutant-General, Capt. Villarceau, and Lieuts. Jackson and Smith of my staff, I tried in vain to check the retreating current.
Passing through to an opening of our intrenched camp of the twenty-eighth ult., I found Gen. Heintzelman and other officers engaged in rallying the men, and in a very s, and at all other points.
Our army is large, full of valor, officered by the best talent, and the siege of Richmond — for such it will continue to be — will witness many desperate sorties.
We hope much from the counter-irritation commenced by Jackson.
A number of iron-clad gunboats are now not far from Drewry's Bluff, ready to participate in the assault, whenever made.
We hear of Burnside's landing below Petersburgh, and of Beauregard's retreating thirty-five miles from Corinth, but the ne