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ns, and arms. No further attempt was made upon the railroad. On the fifth of August our cavalry reported that the enemy had advanced in large force from Westover to Malvern Hill, and the next day the divisions of General Longstreet and McLaws, and that commanded by General Ripley, were moved down to the Long Bridge road. The enemy was found occupying the ground on which the action of July first was fought, and seemed ready to deliver battle in as great force as on that day. McLaws's and Ripley's divisions, reenforced by D. R. Jones's division, formed our left, Longstreet the right. The heat was intense, and the progress of the troops necessarily slow. Before the road was cleared of the enemy's pickets and the line of battle disclosed, the sun had almost set. Orders were given for our left wing to advance to Willis's Church, threatening the communication with Westover by extending well to the left, while two brigades of Longstreet's division were directed to advance upon Malvern
eek, found the bridge in flames, and a party of the enemy engaged in blockading the road on the other side. The Texan skirmishers gallantly crossed and engaged. Ripley's battery, being brought up, with a few rounds dispersed the enemy. The bridge being rebuilt, the troops crossed, and continued on the road to Pale Green Church on a commanding hill, straight to the front, supported by two lines of infantry. There was no cover, and the ground nearest the enemy was ploughed. Anderson's, Ripley's, and Rodes's brigades (Gordon commanding) had proceeded farther down the road, thus keeping under partial cover, and approaching somewhat nearer and on the righng of the twenty-seventh, when I was ordered, with my brigade, to relieve General Ripley and his command as soon as practicable. I immediately marched to General Ripley's position, which was about three fourths of a mile to the right of the road we travelled to Mechanicsville, and about the same distance from the town, and near B
er's. The junction was occupied without opposition, nothing of the enemy being seen beyond their mounted pickets, which retired as our own advanced. The whole of Ripley's command was advanced, forming line of battle across the road at the junction, and having brigades supporting each other, at Fisher's house, where my whole divisked in the woods in advance of the junction, and in position elsewhere to meet any emergency. On the seventh instant, there was some delay, owing to a portion of Ripley's troops not being supplied with rations. The advance was, however, commenced by a brigade being thrown forward, and occupying the vicinity of the creek, between the parsonage and Willis's Church — videttes and skirmishers occupying the parsonage and overlooking the battle-ground of July first. The other brigade of Ripley's and the whole command was ordered to march in easy supporting distance. A brigade also occupied Gatewood's to guard against any movement from the left. I then wrote