strong, with six batteries, had been brought from south of the James River
, and was at New Market
at 10 A. M. on the 30th.
, with his own and A. P. Hill
's divisions, had bivouacked on the Darbytown
road, the night before, and this morning they moved into the Long Bridge
road, and soon found the enemy's line covering Charles City cross-roads at Frazer's Farm or Glendale
, and extending down the Quaker
road toward Malvern Hill
These three divisions, 14 brigades, numbered about 23,000 men.
In addition to these, Lee
, early on the 30th, had withdrawn Magruder
's six brigades, now about 12,000 strong, from Savage Station, and brought them down the Darbytown
road within striking distance by 2 P. M., and had halted them at that hour near Timberlake
's four brigades, about 9000 men, were advancing down the Charles City
road, and were expected to open the action on this part of the field at an early hour.
Either his guns or Jackson
's would be the signal for Longstreet
and A. P. Hill
to take up the battle.
, only four miles off in an air line, but all of 15 miles by the public roads, — the only ones generally known, — was confidently expected to make up for his non-appearance of the day before by an early and very vigorous one this morning, assaulting the enemy's rear-guard with his 14 brigades, 25,000 strong, and emulating the reputation he had made in the Valley
Thus, with 44,000 men, all close at hand upon the enemy's flank, and Stonewall Jackson
with 25,000 in his rear, fortune seemed at last about to smile broadly for once upon the Confederate
Unknown to us, another circumstance was rarely in our favor.
The Federal army was temporarily without a head.
On the 29th, 30th, and July 1, McClellan
, on each day, left his army without placing any one in command during his absence, while he did engineer's duty, examining the localities toward which he was marching.
Had the Confederates
accomplished their reasonable expectations, the criticism of McClellan
would have been very severe.
On the Confederate
, with Longstreet
, in a field of broom-grass and small pines, waited impatiently for the signal.