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march very leisurely up the peninsula — a considerable part of it stopping to finish the reenlistment and reorganization by the election of new officers.
But it is not a satisfactory battle to contemplate, because the administering of this lesson cost too much in blood, and this because, as so often happens, some one blundered.
Col. Richard L. Maury-son of Commodore M. F. Maury-and an exceptionally intelligent officer, who at the close of the fight commanded the Twenty-fourth Virginia, Early's old regiment, the colonel and lieutenant-colonel having been shot down — has written a brief but strong memoir on this battle, from which it would seem well nigh impossible to draw any other conclusions.
He makes substantially the following points:
General Magruder had built, and was commended for building, a chain of redoubts across the Peninsula from the York to the James, as a second line; Fort Magruder, a strong closed work, about a mile from Williamsburg, on the main road runn