rmation to the effect that many of these crossings — as, for example, Big Bethel, Young's Mill, Howard's bridge, Cockletown, etc.--were strongly entrenched and would be obstinately defended.
Our information seemed also to be clear that the Warwick river ran alongside of the Newport News road, which crossed only an insignificant branch, and that it presented no obstacle to a march on the Halfway House in rear of Yorktown.
After the Fort Monroe movement was decided upon my first intention way came under the artillery-fire of the works of Yorktown, and soon saw that an assault was impracticable.
Keyes also found himself brought to a halt by the artillery-fire of the Lee's Mill works, and discovered that they were covered by the Warwick river, rendering any attempt at assault utterly out of the question.
It was at this moment, with the leading division of each column under a hot artillery-fire, and the skirmishers of the 3d corps engaged, being myself with Porter's division, th