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hmond and York River Railroad, and contest the farther advance of General McClellan's army.
From Williamsburg, Longstreet's and Hill's divisions, both under General Longstreet, moved on the Charles City road, which crosses the Chickahominy at Long Bridge; the division of G. W. Smith and Magruder's forces — commanded by him before Johnston's army arrived at the Yorktown lines — moved on the road that passes through Barhamsville and New Kent Court House and crosses the Chickahominy at Bottom's BChickahominy and take position nearer the city, rather than continue to wait, north of that stream, for the advance of McClellan from the Pamunkey.
Accordingly, orders were issued that night for Longstreet's Corps to cross the Chickahominy at Long Bridge, and for my command to cross at Bottom's Bridge.
A regiment of riflemen was sent direct to aid in the defense of Drewry's Bluff.
On the 17th, Longstreet's division was about five miles from Richmond, in the direction of the James River defen