t I had discovered McClellan's vulnerable point—the heel of Achilles, and hastened to give Stuart the information.
It was a hot day in June; I found him sitting out in the front yard in the shade.
All were in high glee; news had just come that Jackson had defeated Fremont and Shields at Cross Keys and Port Republic.
Being worn out by a long ride, I laid down on the grass and related to Stuart what I had learned, and told him he could strike a heavy blow at McClellan's communications.
His answer was It may be for years and it may be forever, which suggested the parting from Erin and Kathleen Mavourneen.
A Sharp Collison.
From the direction we took the impression prevailed that we were going to reinforce Jackson in the Shenandoah Valley.
The command bivouacked that night about twenty miles front Richmond, and a few miles from Hanover Courthouse.
Early the next morning Stuart asked me to go in advance with a few men to the court-house.