pressing our rear so persistently yesterday.
His plan is, to push across White Oak Creek
, through the swamp, and unite with Longstreet
, who are making the detour of the swamp, hoping to reach the junction of the New Market
roads and intercept McClellan
How to prevent the consummation of the plans of these Confederate chieftains was McClellan
His extreme advance had reached the James
, this morning; the artillery, much of it, was parked on Malvern Hill
, with the divisions of Smith
, and Naglee
's brigade, and artillery under Capt. Ayres
, to guard the passage of the swamp, he hurried the remainder of his army along the Quaker
Our command has evidently been waiting with others, until the movement had made such progress as to render it practicable for other bodies to be set in motion.
Fortune favored McClellan
, for when Jackson
reached White Oak Creek
, the bridge was destroyed, and batteries on the south side effectually swept the crossing.
This was the firing which we heard at noon. Again and again did the Confederates
attempt to cross the creek, and as often were they repulsed by Smith
's division of the Sixth Corps.
After noonday we moved along.
was at this time upon the New Market
road, south of the swamp, a mile from the cross roads, i. e., from the point of intersection of the New Market
He found the junction in the possession of the Federal
There was little probability that he could gain this point and cut the Federal
army in two, unless he could unite with Jackson
; the latter never came.
But tenacity of purpose and courage are qualities that often impel men to cope with serious disadvantages, and sometimes enable them to win success.
seem to have determined to pierce the Federal
line within hearing of Jackson
, who could not participate in the fearful venture; but there were in front of them troops which, though inferior in numbers, were not only equal in the particulars of discipline, personnel, and courage to their own, but were led in divisions by men of equal courage and firmness of purpose with the Confederate
Across the New Market
road, on a line parallel with and in front of the Quaker
road, extended the Union
forces, commanded by Hooker
, and Kearney
, awaiting the attack of