From the Peninsula.
The news from the Peninsula
is not very definite.
Our scouts report correctly that there is no enemy at Diascund Bridge or New Kent Court-House.
The train on the York River Railroad yesterday morning brought up a prisoner who was captured by our scouts straggling from the Yankee
He reports that the Yankees
at Diascund fell back towards Yorktown
, where they are to get reinforcements and come on to Richmond
There are, he asserts, a plenty of troops at Yorktown
These are the statements of a straggler, who, of course, knows nothing about the intended movements of the General
The assertion that there are plenty of troops at Yorktown
is transparently false, for it is well known that the United States
strained every point to get up the 15,000 which are making this diversion under Keyes
The deserter adds that a party of 1,200 crossed the Pamunkey
into King William on Monday to complete the devastation of that county, commenced last week.
The train last evening brought intelligence of no change in the position of the Yankees
at the White House
's. Their cavalry are encamped on a hill near Tunstall
's men are picketing as far down as Diascund, and to within a short distance of Tunstall
The general impression seems to be that Keyes
will attempt a march around Richmond
to Aquia Creek
or to Gordonsville
, destroying the roads and crops on his way. A soldier who has been scouting within their lines reports that he saw thirty-two regiments, eighty-eight wagons, and sixteen pieces of artillery.
This, in the present depleted state of the Yankee
regiments, would give about 12,000 or 14,000 men. The deserter mentioned above says that they only had 10,000 men.