we got there; that I was to march the corps toward Richmond, following the line of railroad, as near as the country roads would permit, by Charlottesville and Gordonsville, General Ewell's division to form the head of the column with which I was personally to proceed; that strict precautions of secrecy were to be observed — whichhan others.
If he thinks that we are going to Richmond, it is only his surmise, which I suppose every intelligent private is now making.
The column reached Gordonsville, Saturday, June 21st, about noon.
To my surprise, on riding into town, I got an order to go to the general — at a private house, where he was lodging.
On reaching Gordonsville, Thursday afternoon, he had been met by news which alarmed the outpost there: that a heavy Federal force was on the Rapidan, about sixteen miles away.
He therefore had postponed going to Richmond until he could effectually clear up this rumor.
The chief mode adopted was characteristic: it was to send out by ni