NEW YORK, May 15.
A Fort Monroe letter of the 13th says the deserters, who are constantly coming in, agree in their statements that the evacuation of Richmond is rapidly progressing, and that the effort of the retreating rebels is merely to hold back Gen. McClellan, so as to obtain time to remove all their stores. They also say that the destruction of the city by fire is threatened, and that it will require the utmost efforts on the part of the citizens to prevent its consummation. That the evacuation is now progressing there is no manner of doubt, and the government archives are being conveyed south to return to their former allegiance.
– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Friday Morning, May 16, 1862, p. 1