Everything is quiet in the army of General McClellan. It was rumored that the rebels were moving in force from Richmond towards Malvern Hill, with the intention of retaking that position if possible.
We publish in another column a full and highly interesting account, from one of our special army correspondents with Gen. McClellan army, of the recapture of Malvern Hill by our troops on the 5th inst., the facts of which we announced yesterday, as resulting in a defeat of a division of rebel troops, with a large number of killed and wounded, and one hundred prisoners.
The Union troops engaged in this affair were attached to General Hookers division, and the attack was opened by that gallant officer in person. The issue reflects much credit on all those engaged, and shows that the army of General McClellan has regained its usual vigor, and is ready for another forward movement towards Richmond. The casualties on our side were insignificant compared with the advantages gained.
Our news from the South today possesses its usual interest. Among other items is a letter from a niece of Jefferson Davis, showing the condition of the rebel chief’s mind, and revealing many of the plans of the Southern leaders, part of which have already been fulfilled.
General Gibbon party from Pope army returned yesterday from their reconnoitering expedition, and report that they destroyed Frederick Hall Station and cut up the railroad twelve miles from Gordonsville.
The citizens and soldiers at Point Pleasant, Mo., had quite a riot lately, in which both sides, it is said, suffered considerably. It appears that the citizens resisted the new enrollment order and refused to be drafted. A body of troops were ordered to coerce them, and a fight ensued in which several were killed.
It is stated in our correspondence from Paris that the Russian government has proposed to France and England a mediation in the affairs of this country; and it is rumored that the governments of these latter nations have assented to the proposition. Russia being considered a Power friendly to this country, it was thought that an offer of intervention would be more acceptable than if it came from either England or France.
Collection: The Civil War
Publication: The New York Herald.
Date: August 8, 1862
Title: The Situation
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