army was led by General Johnston
to the peninsula in order to check McClellan
's advance upon Richmond
There was much maneuvering, and some skirmishing and battles between portions of the armies.
At Seven Pines Griffith
's command was present and ready for action and under fire of the enemy, but not actively engaged.
But during the Seven Days of battle around Richmond
every command was put upon its mettle.
's brigade was at that time in the division of General Magruder
, who during the decisive battle of June 27th at Gaines' Mill
by his skillful management kept the far larger part of the Union
army at bay while Lee
overwhelmed the weaker portion.
During the next day he continued in front of the enemy watching his every movement.
On Sunday morning it was evident that McClellan
was making for the James
The whole army started in pursuit.
reached Fair Oaks station he found the enemy's lines in that vicinity, which had been evacuated, in possession of a part of Kershaw
's brigade, the remainder of his own command being then on the march.
He ordered Major-General McLaws
to consolidate Kershaw
's brigade and place it on the right of the railroad, and as the other brigade of General Mc-Laws
did not arrive for some time, Magruder
ordered two regiments of Griffith
's advance brigade to take post in reserve, also on the right of the railroad, so as to support Kershaw
's brigade, leaving the Williamsburg
road still farther on the right unoccupied and open for Huger
He then formed the other two regiments of Griffith
's brigade on the left of General Kershaw
, their right resting on the railroad.
's command, which marched in rear of Griffith
's, was, as soon as it arrived, formed on the left of these two regiments, two of his own being kept in reserve.
The enemy, having ascertained Magruder
's position, opened a brisk artillery fire upon the Confederates
, wounding the gallant General Griffith
so severely that he died the next day. Thus, at Savage