The late Yankee advance on the Rappahannock.
From papers found on the field of the late conflict it would seem that the recent advance of the enemy on the line of the Rappahannock
was designed as something more than a more reconnaissance.
These papers disclose the fact, if we are correctly informed, that the expedition was, first, for the destruction of the Central Road
by tearing up as much of the track of that road, either way from the above point, as might be found convenient in the time allowed them.
From thence they were to proceed to the James River
and Kanawha Canal, which they were expected to strike at or near Columbia
, In Fluvanna
Thence, crossing the James river
, their course was laid out through Cumberland county
, or the High Bridge
over the Appomattox
, near that place.
The destruction of this bridge was one of the pet objects of the expedition.
After the accomplishment of this feat the expedition was to work itself out of difficulty by passing round between Petersburg
and the North Carolina
line, so as to strike be Yankee lines in the neighborhood of Suffolk
Impossible of accomplishment as this feat would seem to be the distance to travel and the risks to run are no greater than those incurred by the dating Morgan
in some of his raids in Kentucky
But the Yankees
not only lacked a Morgan to execute this bold scheme, but met with such men as Stuart
, whose vigilance is a sure guarantee that no Yankee laid into our lines can ever be successfully undertaken.