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Chapter 20: Advance of General McClellan toward Centreville; his report our forces ordered to the Peninsula situation at Yorktown siege by General McClellan General Johnston assigned to command; his recommendation attack on General Magruder at Yorktown movements of McClellan the Virginia General Johnston Retires delay at Norfolk before Williamsburg remark of Hancock retreat up the Peninsula sub-terra shells used evacuation of Norfolk its occupation by the enemy. In A previous chapter the retreat of our army from Centreville has been described, and reference has been made to the anticipation of the commanding general, J. E. Johnston, that the enemy would soon advance to attack that position. Since the close of the war we have gained information not at that time to us attainable, which shows that, as early as January 31, 1862, the commanding general of the enemy's forces presented to his President an argument against that line of operations, setting forth