The Seven days.
On the 25th of June, a forward movement of the picket-line of the left was ordered, preparatory to a general and final advance.
The orders were successfully carried out, and about a mile of ground was gained, with small loss.
The advantage thus secured was important, as by it both the corps of Heintzelman
were placed in a better position for supporting the main attack, which it was intended General Franklin
should commence the following day. During this day, June 25, information came that the enemy had received reinforcements from Beauregard
's army, and that Jackson
was near Hanover Court-House with a large body of troops.
On the next day, Thursday, the 26th, General McClellan
had intended to make a final attack; but he was anticipated by the enemy, and assailed on his right by a strong force which crossed the Chickahominy
at Meadow bridge
and near Mechanicsville
It appears that on the 25th a council of the Confederate
generals was held at Richmond
, and it was determined that while Jackson
was moving upon the right flank of the Federal
army a general and simultaneous attack should be made upon the whole line.
When the approach of the enemy was discovered on our right, our pickets were called in, and the regiment and battery at Mechanicsville
A strong position was taken by our troops so as to resist the threatened attack.
It extended along the left bank of Beaver Dam Creek