n shaped rather by the Austrian principle of covering every thing, than by any well-considered combination of positions.
The Peninsula between the James and the York rivers was held by a Confederate force of about two thousand men, under Colonel J. B. Magruder, who took position near Hampton, where he confronted the Federal force at Fortress Monroe, which had lately been placed under command of Major-General B. F. Butler.
The defence of the highland region of Western Virginia had been assumed firing on each other.
Report on the Conduct of the War, vol.
III., p. 384. The enemy at Little Bethel, getting the alarm, took flight, and the expedition then advanced on Big Bethel.
This position, as it appears, was occupied as an outpost of Magruder's main body at Yorktown, and was held by a force of eleven hundred North Carolina and Virginia troops, under Colonel D. H. Hill, then in command of the First North Carolina regiment.
Hill Report of Big Bethel The position was rather advantage
fensive line of the Warwick River, which General Magruder had taken up, and which stretched across lled and wounded in recrossing the stream.
Magruder's Official Report: Confederate Reports of Batnded by only twenty-five thousand men.
General Magruder, who had command of the Confederate forceention fully engaged by the demonstrations of Magruder, who by energetic handling of his troops, makn the Richmond side of the Chickahominy, that Magruder and Huger, who had been charged with the dutye fortifications prevented Generals Huger and Magruder from discovering what was passing in their frside of the Chickahominy, and, with Huger and Magruder, put in pursuit, McClellan had gained twenty- 29th, put his columns in motion in pursuit.
Magruder and Huger were ordered to follow up on the Wirely and crossed White Oak Swamp.
Thus, when Magruder pushed forward on the Williamsburg road, he f and D. H. Hill. on the left, and those under Magruder and Huger on the right.
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in Department of West Virginia position during McClellan's advance, 122. Front Royal, Jackson's capture of garrison, 125.
Gaines' Mill, map of battle of, 149; Magruder occupies McClellan's attention on south bank of Chickahominy, 151; Porter overwhelmed, and the retreat commenced, 152; French and Meagher cover Porter's retreat,, 124; ordered to the Shenandoah Valley, 126; Manassas campaign—see Manassas.
McMahon, General, on Sedgwick's movement before Chancellorsville, 275.
Magruder, Colonel J. B., position near Hampton, 27; on Confederate position on Chickahominy right bank, 147.
Malvern Hill reached by McClellan's artillery, 157; map of the bate lines, 106; siege of, General Barry on-expected effects of artillery fire, 107; evacuated by the Confederates, 107; criticism upon McClellan's operations, 108; Magruder's small force, and McClellan's delay of assault, 109; arrival of part of McDowell's corps during siege, 109; McClellan, Heintzelman, and Barnard's opinion on imm