were directed to conduct their brigades to D. H. Hill
's position, as early as they could next morning; and Smith
to march with his to the point of meeting of the New Bridge
and Nine-miles roads, near which Magruder
had five brigades.
, as ranking officer of the three divisions to be united near Hill
's camp, was instructed, verbally, to form his own and Hill
's division in two lines crossing the Williamsburg
road at right angles, and to advance to the attack in that order; while Huger
's division should march along the Charles City
road by the right flank, to fall upon the enemy's left flank as soon as our troops became engaged with them in front.
It was understood that abatis, or earthworks, that might be encountered, should be turned.
was to engage any troops that might cross the Chickahominy
to assist Heintzelman
's and Keyes
's corps; or, if none came, he was to fall upon the right flanks of those troops engaged with Longstreet
The accident of location prevented the assignment of this officer to the command of the principal attack, to which he was entitled by his rank.
As his division was on the left of all those to be engaged, it was apprehended that its transfer to the right might cause a serious loss of time.
The rain began to fall violently in the afternoon, and continued all night; and, in the morning, the little streams near our camps were so much swollen as to make it seem probable that the Chickahominy
was overflowing its banks, and cutting the communication between the two parts of the Federal
Being confident that Longstreet