small force, unless there be a simultaneous attack all along our line. I will keep a good lookout on my left. I had hoped that Jackson would have cooperated with me on my left, but he sends me word that he cannot, as he has other important duty to perform. Respectfully,
Order of General Lee to General Magruder.
July 1, 1862.General: The commanding General directs that you press the enemy's right. McLaws is going in fresh. By order of General Lee. A true copy, seemingly from the handwriting of Lieutenant-Colonel Chilton.
A. G. Dickinson, A. A. G.
Affidavit of L. T. Gatewood.
I am an enlisted man, member of Henrico Light Guards; was a resident of Henrico County; was detailed to report on the morning of first July, 1862, as a guide to Major-General Magruder; did so report, and was with him on the morning of the first July, 1862. I testify that, when on the point of starting with his forces for the Quaker road, with J. B. Sweeney as a guide, Major-General Magruder interrogated me as to the position of the Quaker road. I told him that it left the Long Bridge road to the right, just above Nathan Enroughty's gate, and ran diagonally across to the Charles City (river) road, and that I indicated to him the same road as that along which he was afterward conducted by J. B. Sweeney. I further testify that I do now and always believed the road into which Major-General Magruder was conducted to be the Quaker road, and that this is the only road in that neighborhood regarded as such. R. H. Nelson, a Justice of the Peace for Henrico County, Linton T. Gatewood, who made oath that the above certificate signed by him is correct and true, as witness my hand and seal, this twenty-second day of July, 1862.
Testimony of J. B. Sweeney.
I am an enlisted man — a member of Henrico Light Guards; was a citizen of Henrico County; am twenty-three years of age; was born and raised, and was, at the time of entering service, living at Sweeney's Tavern, about thirteen miles from Richmond, and in the vicinity of Malvern Hill, near the Quaker road; know the country intimately, having frequently hunted every foot of ground in that vicinity. I testify that, when ordered to conduct Major-General Magruder into the Quaker road on the morning of first July, 1862, I did so conduct his forces, leading him into what I had always and do still believe to be the Quaker road, being a road about two miles in length, leaving the Long Bridge road to the right, about three hundred yards above Mr. Nathan Enroughty's gate, and entering the Charles City (river) road at Tilghman's gate, about half a mile below Sweeney's Tavern. I further testify that the road into which I conducted Major-General Magruder's forces on the first July, 1862, is regarded not only by me as the Quaker road, but by other persons raised and living in that neighborhood, and is the only road known and regarded as such. I furthermore testify that I was detailed from my company to report to General Magruder as a guide. R. H. Nelson, Justice of the Peace of Henrico County, J. B. Sweeney, who made oath that the above certificate is correct. Witness my hand and seal, this twenty-second day of July, 1862.
Testimony of Mr. James W. Binford.
I was until recently, and have been for thirty years, a resident of Henrico County, living very near Malvern Hill; have always known J. B. Sweeney. I testify that he was raised at Sweeney's Tavern, about thirteen miles below Richmond, on the Charles City (river) road; is a reliable young man, and that he is thoroughly acquainted with the surrounding country in the vicinity of that place, and through which the Quaker road passes. I further testify that, in my belief, he is the best guide for that neighborhood that could have been procured, and that the road on which Mr. Sweeney says he conducted Major-General Magruder on the morning of the first of July, 1862, is universally regarded, by the oldest inhabitants, to be the Quaker road, and that this is the only road regarded as such in that region; that the said road, having been of late little used, has become obscure, and is not generally used as a public road; that the road laid down on the county map is not the true Quaker road, but is another and different road, and known as the Willis road. R. H. Nelson, a Justice of the Peace for Henrico County, James W. Binford, who made oath that the above certificate, to which his name is fixed, is correct and true. Witness my hand and seal, this twenty-fourth day of July, 1862.
R. H. Nelson, Justice of the Peace.