CUMBERLAND, VA., May 4.
Gen. McClellan’s head-quarters were established here yesterday, and 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 Chickahominy river, a distance of 17 miles, the enemy are encamped in large force, awaiting the arrival of the army of the Potomac.
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 the blowing up of the railroad bridge.
– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Friday Morning, May 16, 1862, p. 1