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show of resistance there, and with his superior forces cross the Chickahominy with his main body, and, breaking through our centre, go right into Richmond.
The understanding with General Lee was, that President Davis should stay with our centre, and if McClellan made that attempt he should hold the centre as long as he could.--Colonel William Preston Johnston, Belford's Magazine, June, 1890.
From President Davis to Mrs. Davis. Confederate States of America, Executive Department, June 11, 1862.
I am in usual health, though the weather has been very inclement.
The roads to the different positions of the army could not be worse and remain passable.
The enemy is intrenching and bringing up heavy guns on the York River railroad, which not being useful to our army nor paid for by our treasury, was of course not destroyed. His policy is to advance by regular approaches covered by successive lines of earth — works, that reviled policy of West Pointism and spades, which is s