but nine miles to the field the day before, by two roads, one cannot understand why four, or even six divisions, if necessary, were not brought into action.
The smallness of the force engaged on this occasion greatly strengthened my suspicion that the army itself was moving up York River
We fought for no other purpose than to hold the ground long enough to enable our baggage-trains to get out of the way of the troops.
This object was accomplished without difficulty.
There was no time during the day when the slightest uncertainty appeared.
I rode from the field a little before dark, because the action, except desultory firing of skirmishers, had ceased nearly two hours before.
The occupation of a redoubt beyond our left by a Federal brigade did not affect us, otherwise than by the loss of some four hundred men by the two Confederate regiments that attacked it — an attack due to the fact that its existence was unknown to us, until General Early
, issuing from a wood, came upon it suddenly.
The army had no ambulances, and the wagons had moved on in the morning.
We were compelled, therefore, to leave all the wounded unable to march.
At eleven o'clock at night, when all had been cared for, Dr. Cullen
, General Longstreet
's chief surgeon, reported that the number was about four hundred.
In the Federal
reports, a victory is claimed at Williamsburg
The proofs against that claim are: That what deserves to be called fighting, ceased two hours before dark, yet the Confederates
held the field until the next morning, when they resumed their march.