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en were awakened and fell into line without drums or bugles.
Outposts in the woods below Williamsburgh were strengthened, and ordered to fall back in good order should the enemy attack in force.
The foe, under Generals Heintzelman, Hooker, and Kearny, were not long in approaching: long lines of blue coats were reported coming up the roads, with strong bodies of skirmishers on the flanks.
The popping of pickets and outposts soon changed into the distant pattering volleys of men in line; artilke.
They have lied, however, so often and so unblushingly, that we can but laugh at their overweening vanity and unscrupulous falsehoods; words — are thrown away on the subject.
From prisoners we ascertained that Heintzelman, Sumner, Hooker, Kearny, and other divisional commanders, had directed the Federals, from which it was easy to infer that their force numbered forty thousand strong.
Longstreet commanded on our side, and I know did not handle more than twenty-five thousand men. The cha