Huger, following a road called the Charles City road, was to pass to the right of White Oak Swam south of it there were three principal ones—the Charles City road, following the right bank of White Oak Swamtersecting the Central road and merging into the Charles City road, to connect with the Quaker road in the Glethem any assistance, he remained inactive on the Charles City road, while the Federals continued their march uoyed Slocum's division, his right resting on the Charles City road.
Heintzelman, who had crossed the swamp at followed the right bank, were to debouch by the Charles City road into the northern angle; those who had comechmond.
Slocum was deployed on the right of the Charles City road, his left resting upon this road and facingds, having sent a few detachments forward on the Charles City road.
They were therefore to debouch directly ew Confederate detachments, coming by way of the Charles City road, had attacked Slocum, but were easily repul
ar as the West house, marked the boundary of what was properly called Malvern Hill, separating the Federal left from the centre.
This centre was formed by Heintzelman's corps, extending from the ravine to the wood of West, the skirt of which he occupied; his forces lay across the Quaker road, Kearny on the left and Hooker on the right.
Between Hooker and the Binford house the line was prolonged by Sumner's corps,—first Sedgwick, then Richardson, on his right.
Farther on, the course of Western Run was guarded by the divisions of Smith and Slocum, composing Franklin's corps.
Finally, the bridge of Carter's Mill spanning this stream, and the approaches to Haxall's, where a large number of roads converged, were entrusted to Keyes, with Peck's division, who thus found himself facing eastward, with his back turned toward that of Sykes.
There was every indication that the efforts of the Confederates would be directed against the Federal left.
In fact, they could only approach the army