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at Bottom's Bridge 1.5 miles from Richmond. We wait
the result with anxiety amounting almost to terror.
The fate of Richmond certainly, perhaps of much more
hangs on this battle. We are somewhat cheered tonight
by a letter from Phil Williams in Baltimore, giving
the true accounts of the fights at Williamsburg and West
Point. These Northern papers have claimed them both
as victories for this side, but Phil says that it is
exactly the reverse, and in both instances we were
victorious, with a loss on their side which is absolutely
fearful. He says there were 3000 killed, that 3000
wounded had arrived in Baltimore, 800 had been
sent to New York, and a large number to Philadelphia
and many more are to be brought away still.
Phil is a truthful man, but these things sound incred=
ible. The papers give full accounts of the glorious behavior
of the New Orleans people, and particulars of the occupation
of Norfolk, but nothing of the two armies near Richmond.
Wednesday May 14th A constant rain today. No news
in the papers from Richmond, but strong hints of
foreign recognition and intervention. We received
a short letter from Bob, He is well and speaks of
receiving the kindest care and attention from many
friends. I sent him a supply of clothes today by some
prisoners who left here for Fort Delaware. They often
bring in a few prisoners, one or two, or half a dozen at a
time, and keep them in the jail here until they collect
about 20 and then send them off. the Maine regiment
which is occupying the town now is much the most
obnoxious of any of the yankees we have had. The Lieut. Col.
is a perfect brute, and insults and browbeats every
one who is unfortunate enough to be brought into