delay to erect fortifications and to complete scientific parallels.
With all his army, he was afraid to attack in force.
, with less than 8, 000 to oppose him, itched to fight, but had not enough men. In the few skirmishes on the Yorktown
line the Louisianians with Magruder
bore off their share of honors.
On April 5th, when the enemy attacked the redoubts, his attempt to flank by crossing the Warwick river
was foiled in part by the unerring volleys of the First Louisiana battalion.
On the 16th a determined attack was made on the Confederate
line at Dam No. 1, where Col. William M. Levy
, of the Second Louisiana, was in command.
A Vermont regiment threw itself into the rifle-pits of a North Carolina regiment, and in the brilliant charge which dislodged the Green Mountain
boys, the companies of Capts. A. H. Martin
and R. E. Burke
went in with ‘fixed bayonets and the steadiness of veterans,’ while the companies of Captains Flournoy
poured a biting fire into the intrusive Federals.
In the same fight, the Fifth, Col. T. G. Hunt
, and the Tenth, Col. Mandeville de Marigny
, were commended by their superior officers.
The success of the Confederates
was largely attributed to the coolness and courage of Colonel Levy
battery, Captain Maurin
, and Rosser
's battery, Washington artillery, did effective service on the lines, as well as other commands not mentioned in the reports.
One day during these ‘clamorous reports of war’ Magruder
favored his men with a new march—somewhat longer than his wont on the peninsula.
On April 21st he retreated from the Warwick
line in silence and mystery, with Richmond
for his ‘objective.’
, though fairly surprised, quickly followed on our rear with his entire army.
He attacked the Confederate
rear guard near Williamsburg
During the day, Magruder
succeeded in keeping the swarming masses in check.
Here the Fourteenth Louisiana, Colonel Jones
, was actively engaged, and the gallantry of its commanding officer as well as of