That they fought only to protect their trains and artillery, and accomplished that object.
That, although they marched but twelve miles the day after the action, the rear-guard saw no indications of pursuit; unless the appearance of a scouting-party, once, may be so called.
That they inflicted a loss twice as great as that they suffered.
And in the ten days following the battle they marched but thirty-seven miles from the field, and then moved to the neighborhood of Richmond
, only because the Federal
gun-boats had possession of James River
It is true that they left four hundred wounded in Williamsburg
, because they had no means of transporting them; but an equal number of un
-wounded Federal soldiers was brought of, with colors and cannon — the best evidences of successful fighting, except that already mentioned-sleeping on the field of battle.
's division, then commanded by Brigadier-General D. R. Jones
in consequence of the illness of the major-general
, passed the night of the 5th at Diascund Bridge; that of Major-General Smith
, twelve miles from New Kent Court-House; those of Longstreet
and D. H. Hill
, with the cavalry, at Williamsburg
, as has been said.
In Federal dispatches of the 6th many prisoners are claimed to have been taken.
The Confederate officers were conscious of no other losses of the kind than the captures made by Hancock
, from the Fifth North Carolina and Twenty-fourth Virginia regiments.
The cavalry rear-guard, following all the byroads