e of covering every thing, than by any well-considered combination of positions.
The Peninsula between the James and the York rivers was held by a Confederate force of about two thousand men, under Colonel J. B. Magruder, who took position near Hampton, where he confronted the Federal force at Fortress Monroe, which had lately been placed under command of Major-General B. F. Butler.
The defence of the highland region of Western Virginia had been assumed by General Lee, commander-in-chief of tever been mustered into the United States service, and had no right to any command.
The advance was made in two columns—the regiment of Duryea's Zouaves, followed by the Third New York Volunteers, under Colonel Townsend, on the right, by way of Hampton; and Bendix's New York regiment and a Vermont battalion on the left, by way of Newport News.
The movement was begun during the night of the 9th of June, and it was designed to surprise the enemy before daylight next morning.
The marches of the