stating that they witnessed the explosion of concealed shells or torpedoes at Yorktown — among them Fred T. Locke, assistant adjutant-general to Fitz John Porter, dis near the works. . . . A cavalry detachment passing along the road leading to Yorktown had some of its men and horses killed and wounded by these shells.
Our telegraph operator was sent into Yorktown soon after our troops had got possession of the place.
He trod upon one of the buried shells, which burst and terribly mangled bot 25th, 1863.
Porter's statement is that when the advance detachments entered Yorktown the command
on the left was fired upon from the Red Fort.
Those on the ri New York Herald, containing General McClellan's report on buried torpedoes at Yorktown, reached General Johnston, who, in a letter dated May 12th, requested General tter to Rains, who on May 14th reported in part as follows:
I commanded at Yorktown for the last seven months, and when General McClellan approached with his army