e river borders an immense clearing occupied by a few huts situated to the south, and consequently beyond Malvern Hill, for those approaching that position either by way of the Quaker road or New Market road. All the roads leading to this landing pass either along the side or at the foot of the hill which thus commands the approaches.
It overlooks the whole surrounding country; wooded at the east, it is entirely bare on all the other sides.
A cluster of acacias surrounds the old house of Mr. Crewe, situated on the highest point above the rather abrupt acclivities which stretch down to the James.
These slopes are less precipitous to the west on the side facing Richmond, and become still gentler to the north toward the Quaker road.
A point equally important to defend was that of Frazier's Farm, at the other extremity of the line, for it commands the passage of White Oak Swamp.
The intermediate position was that of Glendale.
At this point all the roads through which the enemy, comi