night of the 30th, there came a storm of unwonted violence; and this circumstance, while it would embarrass the execution of Johnston
's proposed plan, at the same time gave that general the hope of making the operation still more complete from the situation in which it would place his opponent.
The reconnoissances of the Confederates
had disclosed the fact that Casey
's division of Keyes
' corps held an advanced
position on the Williamsburg
road, three-quarters of a mile beyond the point known as Seven Pines
and about six miles from Richmond
's division of the same corps was stationed at Seven Pines
, on both sides of the Williamsburg
road and along theNine-mile road, his right resting at Fair Oaks Station, on the Richmond and York River Railroad.
Of the two divisions of Heintzelman
's corps, that of Kearney
was on the Williamsburg
road and the railroad, three-quarters of a mile in advance of Savage Station; and that