assaulting him behind his intrenchments.
The movement of Early yesterday gives me some hope that Lee may at times take the offensive, and thus give our troops the desired opportunity.
In this, however, the general was disappointed; for the attack of the 19th was the last offensive movement in force that Lee ventured to make during the entire campaign.
The series of desperate battles around Spottsylvania had ended, but other soil was now to be stained by the blood of fratricidal war. Torbert's cavalry division began the march to the South on May 20, and as soon as it was dark Hancock's corps set out for Milford Station, a distance of about twenty miles, to take up a position on the south bank of the Mattapony.
Guiney's Station was reached the next morning, after a night march of eight miles. Hancock's advance crossed the Mattapony at noon and intrenched its position.
At ten o'clock that morning Warren had moved south, and that night he reached the vicinity of Guiney's Station
ds seized all available citizens, young and old, and impressed them into the service, whether sick or well-government clerks, and even the police, being put in line in Butler's front.
All business was suspended, as there was no one left to attend to it; publication of the newspapers was interrupted; shops were closed; and alarm-bells were rung from all the churches.
In the mean time the enemy was having no rest in the Shenandoah Valley.
On the 9th of October, Sheridan's cavalry, under Torbert, had an engagement with the enemy's cavalry, which it completely routed, capturing eleven guns and a number of wagons, and taking over three hundred prisoners. Our loss did not exceed sixty men. The enemy was pursued about twenty-six miles.
In the forenoon of October 16 a steamer arrived from Washington, having aboard the Secretary of War, Mr. Stanton; the new Secretary of the Treasury, Mr. Fessenden, who had succeeded Chase; and several of their friends.
They came at once to headquart