Around McClellan's Army
Up to 1862, history records nothing similar to this exploit. In June 1862, the Army of the Potomac commanded by General McClellan, was lying in front of Richmond in what was generally known as the Chickahominy Swamps. It covered a stretch of Country extending almost from the Pamunky river on his right to the James river on his left, and straddled the Chickahominy river and swamps. His railroad communication was by the old York River route and his base was the White House. The Confederate Army faced him and barred his way to Richmond.
I was then, and had been since the war began, a private soldier in the First Virginia regiment of Cavalry which was a part of General J.E.B. Stuart's Command. There was at that time, a young man attached to Stuart's headquarters as a scout, who was also a member of my regiment and who for a short while had been its adjutant
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