army when it should come within reach.
. General Huger
was instructed, at the same time, to prepare to evacuate Norfolk
, and Captain S. S. Lee
, commanding the navy-yard at Gosport
, to remove to a place of safety as much of the valuable property it contained as he could.
On Saturday, the 3d of May, the army was ordered to fall back, on information that the Federal
batteries would be ready for service in a day or two; Longstreet
's and Magruder
's divisions by the Warwick
road, through Williamsburg
, and G. W. Smith
's and D. H. Hill
's by that from Yorktown-the movement to begin at midnight, and the rear-guard, of cavalry, to follow at daybreak.
Information of this was sent to Commodore Tatnall
, commanding the iron-clad Virginia
, and Captain Lee
, at the navy-yard, and instructions were sent to Major-General Huger
to march to Richmond
The four divisions were assembled at Williamsburg
about noon of the 4th.
's division, temporarily commanded by Brigadier-General D. R. Jones
, was ordered to move on in the afternoon, by the “New Kent road,” and to turn off at the “Burnt Ordinary,” toward the Diascund Bridge
; to be followed, at two o'clock next morning, by G. W. Smith
's, which was to keep the New Kent
The baggage was to move next, in rear of which D. H. Hill
's and Longstreet
's divisions were to march.1
About four o'clock P. M., the cavalry rear-guard, on the Yorktown
road, was driven in, and rapidly followed by the enemy.