HARRISONBURG, Va., April 29.
Three thousand rebels, under Edward Johnson, formerly of the Federal army, are posted a few miles from Stanton, but in a position easily accessible to escape in case of Gen. Milroy’s approach.
The most reliable news from Gordonsville, is that there are only four brigades there, not numbering 15,000. Gen. Longstreet, with his command, has gone to Yorktown. Should Johnson retire there he will probably reinforce Jackson on the Blue Ridge.
The Richmond Examiner, of the 22d, says, in effect that the destiny of the Confederacy is trembling on the result at Yorktown. If successful, it will give us six months for carrying out the conscription act, arming and equipping a large army, and launching a fleet of Merrimacs; but if unsuccessful, Virginia is lost.
– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Friday Morning, May 2, 1862, p. 1