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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 16: the Army of the Potomac before Richmond. (search)
ond, and gave Johnston advantages of position for attack or retreat. In a degree they suggested the points of attack at the time in question, and it was arranged accordingly. General Longstreet was ordered to go out by the Williamsburg road, with his own and D. H. Hill's divisions, the latter in advance, to attack the Nationals in front, while General Huger should move down the Charles City road toward their left flank, and General G. W. Smith should follow the New Bridge road toward the Old Tavern; and then take the Nine Mile road toward their right at Fair Oaks Station. These columns were to move simultaneously at dawn, May 81, 1862. but the rain had made the roads so soft, that it was ten o'clock before Hill's division began to move toward Keyes's front. General Casey, who was in the advance, had intimations of an intended attack that day, and was vigilant. Casey's pickets had that morning captured Lieutenant Washington, one of Johnston's aids, and he was sent to Keyes. H