my orders accordingly for the two divisions to go around and turn the Federal right, when, in some way unknown to me, the battle was drawn on. We were repulsed at all points with fearful slaughter, losing 6,000 men and accomplishing nothing.
Swinton, who refers to our army as that incomparable body of men, the glorious infantry of the Army of Northern Virginia, says of Malvern Hill: Lee never before or since that action delivered a battle so ill-judged in conception or so faulty in its detae, I must have noticed it. I am positive that he had not even taken a drink, most certainly was not the least excited from this cause.
It would be an easy task to show that at no time during that period, was Magruder inactive or inefficient.
Swinton, the historian, says of the fight at Savage's Station:
Magruder attacked in front with characteristic impetuosity about 1 o'clock in the afternoon, expecting Jackson, whose route led in flank and rear, to arrive and decide the action.