HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC
The rebels apparently realized that McClellan is making great preparations to open the second siege of Yorktown. Your earthworks begin to present a very formidable appearance, and all yesterday and last night the enemy kept up a brisk fire, trying to drive us out. Nobody was injured and the work progressed. This morning the enemy opened a vigorous fire, which was kept up for three hours, from the batteries near the river, but receiving no response, ceased.
Yesterday Gen. Hancock, with a portion of his brigade, went to drive the rebels from the woods near our earthworks. Our troops poured in their fire in all directions causing them to retreat, leaving their dead and wounded. During this skirmish our troops silenced the new rebel battery, dismounting the guns erected Sunday night, and which had interfered with our working parties.
The weather is favorable.
– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Thursday Morning, May 1, 1862, p. 1