other part free to cross the Chickahominy and operate on the north bank. By sweeping down the river on that side, and threatening his communications with York River, it was thought that the enemy would be compelled to retreat or give battle out of his intrenchments. The plan was submitted to his Excellency the President. who was repeatedly on the field in the course of its execution. While preparations were in progress, a cavalry expedition, under General Stuart, was made around the rear of the Federal army, to ascertain its position and movements. This was executed with great address and daring by that accomplished officer. As soon as the defensive works were sufficiently advanced, General Jackson was directed to move rapidly and secretly from the valley, so as to arrive in the vicinity of Ashland by the twenty-fourth of June. The enemy appeared to be unaware of our purpose, and on the twenty-sixth attacked General Huger, on the Williamsburgh road, with the intention, as appeared by a despatch from General McClellan, of securing his advance toward Richmond. The effort was successfully resisted and our line maintained.
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