f base. by William B. Franklin, Major-General, U. S. V.
The positions of the troops holding the Union line on the south side of the Chickahominy on the 26th of June, 1862 (the day before the battle of Gaines's Mill), were the following: General W. F. Smith's division of my corps, the Sixth, held the right of the line, its right resting on the hill overlooking the Chickahominy [two miles north of Fair Oaks station], and my other division, General Slocum's, was next on the left.
About 10 in the evening, assuming that my instructions to hold the crossing until nightfall had been obeyed, I sent word to General Heintzelman and General Sumner that I should move
The rear-guard at White Oak Swamp — showing General W. F. Smith's division.
Drawn by Julian Scott after his painting owned by the Union league Club, New York. to the James River by that road.
General Richardson, with French's brigade, was instructed to remain, to deceive the enemy as to our movement