On the 29th, the enemy having crossed the Tottopotomoy (a creek running just north of Pole Green Church, and eastward to the Pamunkey
), appeared in my front on both roads, and there was some skirmishing but no heavy fighting.
On the afternoon of the 30th, in accordance with orders from General Lee
, I moved to the right across Beaver Dam
, to the road from Old Church to Mechanicsville
, and thence along that road towards Old Church, until we reached Bethesda Church.
At this point the enemy was encountered, and his troops, which occupied the road, were driven by Rodes
' division towards the road from Hundley
's Corner, which unites with the road from Mechanicsville
, east of Bethesda Church.
's brigade, under the command of Colonel Edward Willis
of the 12th Georgia Regiment, was sent forward with one of Rodes
' brigades on its right, to feel the enemy, and ascertain his strength; but meeting with a heavy force behind breastworks, it was compelled to retire, with the loss of some valuable officers and men, and among them were Colonel Willis
, mortally wounded, and Colonel Terrill
of the 13th Virginia Regiment, killed.
This movement showed that the enemy was moving to our right flank, and at night I withdrew a short distance on the Mechanicsville
road, covering it with my force.
When I made the movement from Hundley
's Corner, my position at that place was occupied by a part of Longstreet
's corps, under Anderson
On the next morning, my troops were placed in position on the east side of Beaver Dam
across the road to Mechanicsville
, but Rodes
was subsequently moved to the west side of the creek.
's movement to our right, towards Cold Harbor, was continued on the 31st, and the 1st of June, and corresponding movements were made by General Lee
to meet him, my command retaining its position with a heavy force in its front.