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Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 7: Atlantic coast defenses.-assigned to duty in Richmond as commander in chief under the direction of the Southern President. (search)
y in a position to throw shot within the walls of the city. On May 23d the Fourth Corps, under Keyes, crossed the Chickahominy at Bottom's Bridge and took position at a place called Seven Pines, some five miles from the city; the Third Corps, under Heintzelman, followed. The Chickahominy now divided McClellan's army into two parts. Two of his corps were on the south, and three-Sumner's, Franklin's, and Porter's — on the north side, McClellan's headquarters being at Gaines Mill. The Chickahominy River rises some twelve miles northwest of Richmond, flows in an easterly direction at first, and then takes a southeasterly course, till it empties into the James, some thirty miles below Richmond. It was directly interposed between McClellan and Richmond, being in some places not more than four or five miles from the city, and the numerous roads leading out from Richmond to the Peninsula and adjacent sections of country cross it on bridges. North of Richmond was Meadow Bridge; a little
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 8: commands the army defending Richmond, and seven days battles. (search)
urs, with but a single halt after reaching the south bank of the Chickahominy. He was enjoined by Lee to remember that one of the chief objecth, and 15th, made a reconnoissance between the Pamunkey and Chickahominy Rivers and succeeded in passing around the rear of the whole of the he was forced back with great slaughter toward the banks of the Chickahominy till night put an end to the pursuit. On the morning of the 28tecessary for the Southern troops to get on the south bank of the Chickahominy as soon as possible in order to pursue. The seizure of the Yorkme seventy thousand of McClellan's army on the south bank of the Chickahominy and Richmond. The certified morning reports of the Federal ArmyClellan discovered that his opponent had on the left bank of the Chickahominy two thirds of his army, but three courses were left to him: One,ls, boldly set in motion his four corps on the right bank of the Chickahominy for the coveted prize, his enemy's capital. By destroying Huger