aking — every disposition for the morrow.
From dusty and weary scouts who arrived during night, we ascertained something regarding the true position of Banks's army.
A few of these adventurous spirits had been prowling about the enemy's encampments in different parts of the country, and had discovered the following facts: One of the enemy's army corps, under Sigel, was on their right among the hills at Sperryville, watching the roads and all direct communication with their rear at Mount Washington, Warrenton, and Manassas Junction; a heavy force was stationed on Pope's left, at or near Waterloo on the Rappahannock, while somewhat to the rear of Banks and Pope was McDowell's corps.
It was concluded with reason that these various bodies would be unable to appear upon the field to assist Banks, should Jackson force him to engage on the following day, (Saturday, August ninth.)
During the night, pickets, in our extreme front, were popping away at each other occasionally, and earl
on's inactivity surprised all who knew him. None could imagine why he remained so long before a powerful enemy, and made no movements of any kind.
It seemed, however, that he was waiting for some demonstration from the foe, and this not being vouchsafed, he was content to fall back again at his leisure over the Rapidan, and there await the main army, which all knew was now rapidly marching from Richmond to cooperate with him. McClellan, we were informed, had effected his — escape from Harrison's Landing, and was doubtless transporting his troops to Washington.
It was possibly Lee's plan to overwhelm Pope and his Army of Virginia ere the remains of McClellan's Army of the Potomac could come to his assistance.
This, however, was only the gossiping surmise of subordinate officers, for generals of divisions never opened their lips, nor even deigned to smile.
It seemed to be the ambition of those mysterious individuals, now in particular, to exhibit a cold and reserved demeanor; to be a