crops that had been engaged in the pending contest; so the fighting came to an end, the Federals
remaining in the lines to which they had been forced back the day before, and the Confederates
collecting arms and caring for their wounded.
About two of the afternoon of June 1st, after the strife of the day was over, Gen. R. E. Lee
, accompanied by President Davis
, rode upon the field and relieved Maj.-Gen. G. W. Smith
, thus taking command of the army of Northern Virginia, to which the President
had assigned him, and which he from that time held for nearly three years, until the surrender of April 9, 1865.
Lee at once directed the withdrawal of the Confederate forces, the divisions of Longstreet
to their camps near the city, leaving those of Huger
to hold the advance.
This was accomplished during the night of the 1st and the morning of the 2d.
The Federal forces did not follow them.