And in this instance the match of numbers was probably closer than ever before or afterwards in the great conflicts of the war. With Jackson's command in the Valley which it was intended to put on the Richmond lines at the proper moment, the force defending the Confederate capital may be estimated at about ninety thousand men; and McClellan's, considering his losses on the Peninsula, could scarcely be more than one hundred and twenty or thirty thousand men.
In the last days of May the position of the two armies around Richmond is described by the Chickahominy.
This stream, tracing through heavy forests and swamps east of Richmond from a north-westerly to a south-easterly direction, formed the respective fronts of the two armies — the Confederates occupying the western, the Federals the eastern banks.
The line occupied by the enemy was nearly a right line from north-west to south-east.
His forces were stretched from a short distance above New Bridge, where his right