CUMBERLAND, Va., May 14. – Gen. McClellan’s Headquarters were established here yesterday, and we are now pleasantly located on the banks of the [Pamunkey] river.
The main body of the army is rapidly concentrating at the point designated by the Commanding General.
A contraband who arrived from Richmond, states that between that city and the Chickahominy river, a distance of some eleven miles, [the] enemy are encamped in large force, where they expect to await the arrival of the Potomac army. As the rebels fall back they drive before them most of the cattle, sheep, and hogs, leaving only such things as they cannot move.
Explosions were heard yesterday in the direction of the [Chickahominy], which are supposed to have been caused by blowing up the Railroad bridge.
– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, May 17, 1862, p. 3