The highest commendation that can be given of this movement is that it deceived his adversary and gained him a day's breathing time.
was uncertain as to McClellan
's designs on the 28th, and such movements as he made that day were made with the notion that McClellan
would recross the Chickahominy
at Battner's bridge or at some of the crossings below.
It was night before the Confederate
commander divined McClellan
's plans, and issued orders accordingly.
On the 29th Longstreet
and A. P. Hill
were sent to the south side of the Chickahominy
They were, by a circuit, to strike the Long-Bridge
road and the flank of the retreating army.
were to press the rear of the Federals
by the Williamsburg
and Charles City roads, Jackson
to cross the Chickahominy
and join in the pursuit.
was busy all day marching towards his destination.
was compelled to repair the bridge over the Chickahominy
, which kept him back all day. Magruder
finding that the enemy had abandoned the lines in his front and had left or destroyed great quantities of stores, pressed after him and attacked the rear, under Sumner
, at Savage Station.
's attack was partial, he only using about half his force, and though there was much demoralization in the Federal
army as indicated by Heintzelman
's precipitate retreat and the destruction of stores, Sumner
was able to hold his ground and keep Magruder
at bay until night-fall, when the Federals
made good their retreat to the south side of White Oak Swamp
Next day, June 30th, was the day of greatest peril to the Federal
having crossed the Chickahominy
, was ordered to follow in its wake towards White Oak Swamp
was directed to press along the Charles City
, with his own and A. P. Hill
's divisions, was to attack its flank along the Long-Bridge
Nearer the James
was advancing along the River
was directed to make a circuit around Huger
and follow Longstreet
soon reached White Oak Swamp
and found the passage of this difficult stream strongly defended by Franklin
A severe artillery fight took place, in which the Federal
batteries suffered greatly, but Jackson
's efforts to reconstruct the bridge and force a passage for his infantry were successfully resisted by Franklin
was impeded by some felled timber in his way, and did nothing.
, on the extreme Confederate right, ran against Porter
and some Federal artillery that had taken position at Malvern
under the fire of the gunboats in James river
, and Holmes
was quickly and completely checked.
and A. P. Hill
, however, attacked