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[160] The immense amounts of provisions, munitions, and supplies of all kinds that could not be removed, were consigned to destruction; while 2.500 wounded, who were unable to walk, and for whom no ambulances could be afforded, were left in hospital, with surgeons and attendants, to fall into the hands of the enemy.

Lee was evidently puzzled with regard to McClellan's intentions, not believing that he could abandon his position and the siege without a battle. He sent Ewell's infantry, as well as some cavalry, down the left bank of the Chickahominy, to watch the roads leading down the Peninsula; but, receiving no advices from Huger and Magruder, still between our army and Richmond, of any movement of our trains or forces toward the James, did not divine that movement till late in the afternoon.1 No serious attack or forward movement was made by the enemy during that day; though in the morning, perceiving that Gen. Franklin's corps were being withdrawn from their front at Golding's farm, opposite Woodbury's Bridge, the Rebels opened on them from Garrett's and Gaines's Hill, and soon advanced two Georgia regiments to assault our works; but they were easily repulsed by the 23d New York and 49th Pennsylvania, with a section of Mott's battery.

McCall's weakened division was ordered to follow Porter across the Swamp during the ensuing night,2 while Sumner's and Heintzelman's corps and Smith's division were directed to take up a line of advance stretching eastward from Keyes's old intrenchments, and covering Savage's Station, which was held by Slocum's division. This position they were to hold until dark,3 so as to cover the withdrawal of the trains, and then fall back on the roads leading through the Swamp.

Our line of movement — that is, of retreat — being now fully comprhended by the enemy, Lee ordered Longstreet and A. P. Hill to recross the Chickahominy at New Bridge and pursue and attack our rear; Jackson moving down on their left, but between them and the Chickahominy; while Magruder and Huger, advancing from before Richmond on the Williamsburg and Charles City roads respectively, were to strike us in flank.

Magruder, on the Williamsburg road, came in sight of our rear, near Savage's Station, about noon; but, finding the business serious, halted and sent to Huger for reenforccments. Meantime, an attack in light force had been made, at 9 A. M.,4 on Gen. Smnner's front; but it was easily repulsed; and Gen. Slocum, pursuant to order, had fallen back from Savage's Station, and was crossing White Oak Swamp. At 4 P. M., Magruder attacked in full force; and, though Gen. Heintzelman, under a misapprehension of orders, had posted his corps so far in the rear as to leave a gap of three-fourths of a mile between Sumner and Franklin, Magruder's attack was gallantly repelled by Gen. Burns's brigade, supported by those of Brooks and Hancock, reeinforced by two lines of reserves, and finally by the 69th New York ; Hazzard's, Pettit's, Osborn's, and Bramhall's batteries playing a most effective

1 June 28.

2 Of June 28.

3 Of the 29th.

4 June 29.

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