NEW YORK, May 17.
A letter from Cumberland, Va., 13th says: “An attempt was made this P. M. by the rebels on our left to capture some of our wagons, hundreds of which line the roads between here and Buckhouse Point, but I cannot learn of they have succeeded. During the time the rebels made the attack upon our wagon train, Gen. McClellan, accompanied by his staff, was making a reconnoissance, and came in sight of the rebel cavalry before he was aware of his proximity. By dint of hard riding he escaped, and took command of what force there was at hand and dispersed the rebels.
It is reported here to-night that two rebel regiments have been cut off in their retreat, by the burning of Bottom bridge by our forces. If this be true, they are in the language of Ogre, “my meat.”
– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Monday Morning, May 19, 1862, p. 1