eral troops which occupied a position on a hill east of the Mechanicsville Bridge road.
We saw a crowd of Federal officers and soldiers watching from this hill the singular spectacle across the swamp.
What was the significance of it, we never knew.
It did not immediately result in any change of position on our part.
It has been conjectured that this was a part of an ostentatious movement of troops, designed to convey the idea that Jackson was to be reinforced in the valley; while really Gen. Lee was contemplating the withdrawal of that army to augment the already large force which, drawn from the seaboard and elsewhere in Virginia, he concentrated, with Johnson's army for a nucleus, in front of Richmond.
Sixth Army Corps.
Maj. Gen. William B. Franklin, Commanding.
In the Peninsula Campaign, 1862.
Maj. Gen. H. W. Slocum, Commanding.
First Brigade.—Col. A. T. A. Torbert, 1st, 2d, 3d, and 4th New Jersey Volunteers.
Second Brigade.—Col. J.