APRIL 8TH, 1862: General Robert E. Lee wrote Confederate Secretary of Navy Mallory: "...it is my opinion that they [General McClellan's army] are endeavoring to change their base of operations from the James River to the York River.
"This change has no doubt been occasioned by their fear of the effect of the Virginia upon their shipping in the James. General Magruder informs me that their gunboats and transports have appeared off Shipping Point, on the Poquosin, near the mouth of the York, where they intend, apparently, to establish a landing for stores, preparatory to moving against our lines at Yorktown."
That Scary Old CSS Virginia. --Old B-Runner