hout delay to erect fortifications and to complete scientific parallels.
With all his army, he was afraid to attack in force.
Magruder, with less than 8, 000 to oppose him, itched to fight, but had not enough men. In the few skirmishes on the Yorktown line the Louisianians with Magruder bore off their share of honors.
On April 5th, when the enemy attacked the redoubts, his attempt to flank by crossing the Warwick river was foiled in part by the unerring volleys of the First Louisiana battaliorts of his superior officers. was fought—a noisy prelude to the Seven Days colossal shock of arms.
Gen. Joseph E. Johnston commanded the Confederates, now numbering less than 80,000 men. McClellan, having sufficiently organized his army around Yorktown, was in direct command of the Federals.
His force was always in preponderance—125,000 effectives, with 280 guns.
Briefly it may be said that McClellan had, at Seven Pines, committed a blunder.
On the morning of May 31st he had rashly placed