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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 9. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Reminiseences of the army of Northern Virginia. (search)
We moved instead on Louisa Courthouse, where again we were deceived into thinking that we should move across by Spottsylvania Courthouse to meet McDowell's column coming down from Fredericksburg. At Frederick's Hall, Beaver Dam depot, and Hanover Junction, we still expected to head towards Fredericksburg, and it was really not until the afternoon of June 26, when we heard A. P. Hill's guns at Mechanicsville, that we appreciated the true nature of the move we had made, and the bloody work befof the great battle which was to culminate in McClellan's change of base, and galloped back to the head of his column before it was suspected that he had been absent at all. And now we hurried forward to bivouac near Ashland, in the slashes of Hanover, and to march the next day to our position on the flank, while A. P. Hill led his splendid Light division across the Chickahominy at Meadow Bridge and opened the great battle by advancing on the enemy at Mechanicsville. But of these battles,