Mechanicsville, Va. – June 26, 1862
BOTH ARMIES MEET NEAR RICHMOND
The Confederate Army is at full strength outside Richmond and is in heavy combat with the Union forces. The Northern troops have steadily progressed toward Richmond during the previous weeks, so that they now represent a serious threat to the city. General Lee has moved his troops to Mechanicsville to meet the division led by Union officer Fitz-John Porter. The Southern commander is expecting General Jackson to arrive with his division shortly, which will further strengthen the Confederate power. General John Magruder is standing by at Richmond with 25,000 troops to prevent any sudden attack on the city by the Federal Army.