Saturday night, May 24, 1862.
I came home this evening, before the mail was opened, and sent
Wright for the papers. He came back, telling that there was some
news of a battle down the Valley. After supper I went down
street to ascertain what intelligence had come. I encountered
H. J. Crawford, J. P. Eskridge, and H. B. Michie — One said a Louis-
iana regiment belonging to Ewell's division had routed a Federal regiment; another,
that the enemy had retired and we had possession of their position;
and the third, that the whole Federal army was routed. At last
I found, at the Q.Ms office, Gen. Jackson's dispatch to Gen.
Jos. E. Johnston — It is dated Front Royal, this
morning, and says that the Federal regiment at that place
was routed yesterday, many of them captured with a piece
of cannon + military stores. The telegraph wire near
Richmond has been cut, by the Yankees, it is presumed. The Cen-
tral R. R. cars now run from the Junction to Richmond
on the Richd + Fredericksburg Road. The papers intimate
that a great battle very near Richmond will take place soon.
[transcript by the Valley of the Shadow project]