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William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 4 (search)
thrown off eccentrically to the right,—the enemy penetrating between the force with which Couch was executing this manoeuvre and the main body of his division. In twenty minutes, the enemy had passed over the road leading to my centre, cutting me off from the rest of the division.—Couch: Report of Fair Oaks. And now, between five and six o'clock, it seemed that the whole left wing of the army across the Chickahominy was doomed; for not only was Couch bisected, but the brigades of Berry and Jameson, of Kearney's division, which had gone up on the left, were thrown back by the enemy on White Oak Swamp, only regaining the main body under cover of night; and the centre was struggling with indifferent success to hold its own, after being driven from two positions. But just at this crisis, when the fate of the day was trembling in the balance, the action was determined by the sudden apparition of a column from the north bank of the Chickahominy. Upon first learning the state of affairs