The lines, &c.
The city was tormented by various rumors yesterday in regard to the movements and proceedings of our army, but, as usual, none of them was found to have the least foundation in fact.
Some said that not less than two, others not less than three, whole regiments had been cut off by the enemy during Wednesday; that we has captured at least 300 prisoners, killed 1,000 or more, and that a general action would ensue yesterday.
All these foolish reports.
it is unnecessary to say, were grossly false, and that nothing had transpired at our Lines to warrant their circulation or belief.
It is true, that on Wednesday warm skirmishing had progressed throughout the day to the right of the York River Railroad, in which the Yankees
were much worsted, leaving many killed and wounded to our care; a few prisoners, also, were brought in, who gave vainable information, but more than this nothing occurred.
From dispositions made along the front on Wednesday night, and from preparations going on yesterday, everything seemed to indicate that an engagement would ensue during the day; but, although the troops were marched and countermarched, the enemy's cannon booming from time to time and skirmishing was constant, the men stacked arms, and reposed quietly in the shade.
Several of our field surgeons were busy in attending to the poor unfortunate wounded who fell to our care on Wednesday, and the character of their wounds was most shocking, our men having taken deadly aim, and put an effectual barrier to all attentions of the medical staff.
Several wounded Yankee officers died before any attention could be paid to them.
From prisoners we learn that the Massachusetts
regiments opposed to ours on Wednesday were considered the best troops under McClellan
, and in marching to the front anticipated naught else but ‘"sport."’ thinking our men would immediately give ground before them; but, after a few hours of skirmishing, they learned to look upon the rebels with a different eye, and could not be prevailed upon to advance on our line, although entreated and almost forced to do so. Many of their killed and wounded were carried off as soon as they fell, so that an estimate of their loss is impracticable.
It is considered to be not less than three hundred, from prisoners statements, while ours does not exceed fifty.
We are glad to see that our Generals
have made every provision for any forthcoming battle, and among other regulations have detailed a per centum of every regiment to look after and attend to the wounded, thus preventing any combatant having an excuse for leaving the ranks again, on the plea of attending to the wounded.
At the battle of the Chickahominy
, though few comparatively left their regiments or companies under any pretext, yet there were many more than necessity warranted-- many stretcher-bearers having little or nothing to do, while stout, stalwart men, (in some few instances, be it said.) were observed leading off men whose wounds were not of any serious character Gen. Longstreet
's orders to the army were read yesterday and heartily approved.
All the men seem to desire is action.
Prisoners say McClellan
is busily engaged in entrenching his swamp; it remains, therefore, for our wise leaders to say how long this shall continue, and how long our army may be kept pity engendering sickness and silents of a pernicious character.
Several batches of prisoners from Jackson
's command have arrived in our city within the past few days having been sent either since sickness or debility prevented their making the trip to Salisbury, N. C.
, with numerous companions.
They all speak in unmeasured terms of their repeated defeats in the Valley
's hands, and seem to think experience has taught them the folly of pretending to cops or withstand so daring and dashing a leader as ‘"Old Stonewall."’