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Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., chapter 5.26 (search)
idge; whilst Magruder's troops extended from Old Tavern, on theNine-mile road, to New Bridge, thenceur pickets were closely pressed just east of Old Tavern. This was some indication that the enemy wet which the road to New Bridge turns off [at Old Tavern]. Should there be cause of haste, General Mcst night. If he did so, and takes post nigh Old Tavern and this side, I should feel more secure than joined Generals Johnston and Whiting, near Old Tavern. About 2:30 P. M., nothing having been hearng, from the point where it was halted, near Old Tavern.--G. W. S.] was not in consequence of the leut 4 P. M. The anxiety felt by those near Old Tavern was extreme in the hours of suspense previout Magruder's troops were not concentrated at Old Tavern. Only one of the many remarkable statemen the headquarters on theNine-mile road, near Old Tavern. A few minutes later General J. E. B. Stuarile or more in advance of Magruder's line at Old Tavern. The camps of Huger's division were on the
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., Hanover Court House and Gaines's Mill. (search)
cted to break camp at the first sound of battle, pack their wagons and send them to the rear, and, with their brigades, to take specified positions in support of troops already posted, or to protect the right flank. On the 25th the pickets of the left of the main army south of the Chickahominy were pushed forward under strong opposition, and, after sharp fighting, gained considerable ground, so as to enable the Second and Third Corps (Sumner's and Heintzelman's) to support the attack on Old Tavern which it was intended to make next day with the Sixth Corps (Franklin's). The result of the fighting was to convince the corps commanders engaged that there had been no reduction of forces in their front to take part in any movement upon our right flank. Early on the 26th I was informed of a large increase of forces opposite Reynolds, and before noon the Confederates gave evidence of their intention to cross the river at Meadow Bridge and Mechanicsville, while from our cavalry scouts al