Army of Northern Virginia, May 28th, 1864.
[from our own Correspondent.]
Yesterday morning found Grant
on the north side of the North Anna river
, moving rapidly down its banks towards the Pamunkey
Scouts who have just come in say that Grant
concluded to pull up stakes on Thursday.
Accordingly all that day and night his troops were in motion.
made a junction with Grant
on Wednesday night, and the next morning early he started ahead of the main body of the army with a large pontoon train, moving towards Mangohick and Dabney's Ferry the infantry forces following rapidly in his wake.
During last night the enemy attacked our pickets with a line of battle; but the attack was feebly made and easily repulsed.
Yesterday morning there was also some picket firing and skirmishing between the enemy's rear guard and our line of skirmishers.
But it amounted to nothing.
The enemy have, I think, evacuated all the country between the Junction
and the Rappahannock river
, including Fredericksburg
, and will doubtless make their base at the White House
, essaying again McClellan's road in the "on to Richmond
has received some reinforcements, but not to the extent that Yankee journals would have us believe.
The morale of his men is by no menus what Grant
could wish for.
Accounts from the Central
railways represent the former as torn up and destroyed as for back as Howlett's, whilst the latter has been impaired for present use for some distance above and below Chesterfield Station.
The spirits of this army are unbroken, and they are as buoyant and confident as when they first met Grant
in the Wilderness
and though our numbers may be diminished, in nothing also can it he said that the Army of Northern Virginia is behind what it was one month ago.