fell back in the direction of the Williamsburg road; but the General himself, with a smaller body, being nearer to Fair Oak station, fell back across the railroad, and was thus cut off from the army.--As soon as this was ascertained he prepared to make the best of it. He examined his position carefully, sent men to beat up all the roads, and especially along the New Bridge road, to see it Sumner might not be near.
The force with Couch was found to consist of four regiments — the First N. York Chasseurs, Col. Cochrane; the Sixty second N. York (Anderson Zouaves), Col Roger; the Seventh Massachusetts, Col. Russell, and the Thirty-first Pennsylvania, Col. Williams, and Brady's battery of four pieces.
His position was in a large, open field, in an angle between the railroad and a road that runs from the Fair Oak station northward towards New Bridge.
On the west was a dense wood, from which the enemy might emerge at any moment, and on the south was the railroad and a fringe of wood thro