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p up the system of plunder which he has inaugurated in Virginia. Berkeley, it seems, is after all, no better base than York river was, and the small Napoleon is no nearer Richmond there than he was at Mechanicsville. A contemporary asks what is to ht of. Being on the Peninsula McClellan had a choice of two routes to Richmond. He might either go by James river or York — either make West Point or Shirley his base. He chose the former. He appeared in front of York, and there lost several York, and there lost several thousand men — to the Yankees say — by disease or in skirmishes. Gen. Johnston evacuated York and retired to Williamsburg without the loss of a man. McClellan halted long enough to write a lying dispatch, in which he claimed a great victory, and theYork and retired to Williamsburg without the loss of a man. McClellan halted long enough to write a lying dispatch, in which he claimed a great victory, and then followed, promising to "press Johnston to the wall." The latter halted at Williamsburg, and a rear-guard attack between Longstreet's division and the advance guard of McClellan, twenty thousand strong, took place. The Yankees were in the woods and<