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the James river, and then imagine a deep and sluggish stream sweeping round the city from the northeast, so as to fall into the Thames below Plaistow marshes, we may have a rough idea of the relation of the Chickahominy with the James river and Richmond. To the east of the Chickahominy, thus represented, let us conceive a river flowing from the north west, at a distance of 12 miles from it, which is called the Pamunkey, and which turns off eastward into the sea at some point on the coast of Essex. The Union General, having advanced between the James and the latter river finds himself with the Chickahominy in his front. He throws a portion of his army across the river, and, having thus established his left, proceeds to pivot upon it, and to extend his right by the right bank of the Pamunkey so as to get to the north of Richmond. Scarcely has he done so, when the enemy attack the left which had crossed the river Chickahominy, inflict on it a severe defeat, take guns and prisoner