on the evening of the 25th reached Ashland, suffering greatly from the intense summer heat of the lowlands, the choking dust of the roads, and the scarcity of water.
By June 24th, McClellan had an inkling of the approach of Jackson, and asked Stanton, his secretary of war, what he knew of the whereabouts of this hardto-be-located man. This information was supplied him on the 25th, locating Jackson anywhere from Gordonsville to Luray, or in the mountains of West Virginia, while Banks and Frem on the James, passing through the strong force of infantry and the line of powerful artillery that had already been placed across the Malvern ridge to guard the way to the longed — for refuge.
McClellan's night dispatch of the 30th, to Secretary of War Stanton, reads: Another day of desperate fighting.
I fear I shall be forced to abandon my material to save my men under cover of the gunboats.
You must send us very large reinforcements.
July 1st, the last day of the Seven Days battles arou