being ready to meet an advance upon Richmond
up the river, as well as from the direction of West Point
The Confederate forces were, in consequence, ordered to cross the Chickahominy
on the 15th.
And Colonel Goode Bryan
, with his regiment of Georgia
riflemen, was sent to aid in the defense of Drury's Bluff; by occupying the wooded bluff on the north side of the river, and immediately below the battery.
On this height his rifles could easily have commanded the decks of vessels in the river below.
On the l7th, the army encamped about three miles from Richmond
, in front of the line of redoubts constructed in 1861.
's division in the centre, formed across the Williamsburg
's on the right, covering the river road; Magruder
's on the left, crossing the Nine-miles road; and Smith
's in reserve, behind Hill
's left and Magruder
, the former commanding as senior officer, were then opposing General Banks
, in the Valley of the Shenandoah
, still under my direction.
The President had placed Brigadier-General J. R. Anderson
, with nine thousand men, in observation of General McDowell
, who was at Fredericksburg
with forty-two thousand men; Brigadier-General Branch
, with four or five thousand, at Gordonsville
; and had halted Huger
's division at Petersburg
, when on its way to Richmond
, under my orders.
That division, estimated by the Secretary of War
and General Lee
at eighteen thousand a month before, was then reduced to nine thousand by detachments to Branch
and J. R. Anderson
On leaving the Rapidan
, I had requested Generals Jackson
to send their letters to me