m to learn the art of war, suddenly, without previous warning, took passage on a gunboat and fluttered softly down the river.
Why did they go?
Two officers of the English army, who had accompanied Gen. McClellan to study the art of war, and who had intended to remain with the army until Richmond was ours, announced their intention to depart on the first boat.
The Paymasters were advised to deposit their treasure on a gunboat.
People looked gloomily.
Ah! I forgot — correspondents at Fortress Monroe, deducing facts from their infertile imaginations, told you that when the army reached Malvern Hill, the river at that point was full of transports.
Monday noon there was not one there, excepting a schooner laden with hay. Tuesday evening several steamers had arrived and a few forage-boats.
But reason for yourselves.
It was gloomy at headquarters.
The troops were intrenching the hill and standing to arms.
The enemy were reported massing their forces.
We were preparing to repel the