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d retreat down the Peninsula. In the latter event, it was necessary that our troops should continue on the north bank of the river, and, until the intention of General McClellan was discovered, it was deemed injudicious to change their disposition. Ewell was therefore ordered to proceed to Bottom's Bridge to guard that point, and the cavalry to watch the bridges below. No certain indications of a retreat to the James River were discovered by our forces on the south side of the Genral Stonewall Jackson Chickahominy, and late in the afternoon the enemy's works were reported to be fully manned. The strength of these fortifications prevented Generals Huger and Magruder from discovering what was passing in their front. Below the enemy's works the country was densely wooded and intersected by swamps, concealing his movements and precluding reconnaissances except by the regular roads, all of which were strongly guarded. The bridges over the Chickahominy in rear of the enemy were des
further retreat of the enemy progress of General Jackson the enemy at Frazier's Farm position ofy the Williamsburg Road, to attack his rear. Jackson was directed to cross the Grapevine Bridge, a and destroy the bridge. Early on the 30th Jackson reached Savage Station. He was directed to p follow Longstreet by the Darbytown Road. As Jackson advanced, he captured so many prisoners and cps while hopefully waiting for the arrival of Jackson and Huger, states that the fight commenced byonsequences would have followed had Huger and Jackson, or either of them, arrived in time to take py a night march the force which had detained Jackson at White-Oak Swamp effected a junction with tther portion of the enemy. Early on July 1st Jackson reached the battlefield of the previous day, ant fire our movements had to be executed. Jackson formed his line with Whiting's division on hiumbers and numerous batteries opposed to him. Jackson sent to his support his own division and that[1 more...]