CAMP NEAR ALEXANDRIA, Tuesday, April 8, 1862.
At length our orders have come; this division is to go to-morrow to Manassas by railroad. From thence our movements are uncertain, but I presume dependent on the success met in the attack McClellan is making by the York and James Rivers. The report to-day is that they are hard at work fighting near Yorktown; that McClellan is in the advance in the thickest of it. God grant he may be victorious and preserved, that he may outlive and put down his enemies!
We have had all day a terrible storm of snow and rain, one of the worst we have had this spring. Our men, however, have been getting tents from the abandoned camps in our vicinity, so that they are comparatively comfortable.
SOURCE: George Meade, The Life and Letters of George Gordon Meade, Vol. 1, p. 257