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night of the twenty-eighth the signs of a general movement were apparent, and no indications of his approach to the lower bridges of the Chickahominy having been discovered by the pickets in observation at those points, it became manifest that General McClellan was retreating to the James River. Battle of Savage Station. Early on the twenty-ninth, Longstreet and A. P. Hill were ordered to recross the Chickahominy at New-Bridge, and move by the Darbytown to the Long Bridge road. Major R. K. Meade and Lieutenant S. K. Johnson, of the engineers, attached to General Longstreet's division, who had been sent to reconnoitre, found about sunrise the work on the upper extremity of the enemy's line of intrenchments abandoned. Generals Huger and Magruder were immediately ordered in pursuit, the former by the Charles City road, so as to take the Federal army in flank; and the latter by the Williamsburgh road, to attack its rear. Jackson was directed to cross at Grapevine Bridge and move
rt of the engagement. I am ignorant of the casualties of the brigade. The reports of the brigade, regimental, and battery commanders have, I suppose, been forwarded to you. After the action had been terminated, I, because of the condition of my wounds, turned over the command of the division to Brigadier-General Starke. In conclusion, I beg to recognize the gallantry of my personal staff, and the obligations I am under to them. I beg to mention Major W. A. Taliaferro, A. A. G.; Lieutenant R. K. Meade and Lieutenant P. A. Taliaferro, Aids-de-camp, and to testify my regard for the gallantry and good conduct of my orderly, private Depriest, who was severely wounded, and of privates Dowman, Bowen, and Tyree, couriers. I have the honor to be, very respectfully, Your obedient servant, William B. Taliaferro, Brigadier-General, commanding Division A. V. Report of Brigadier-General Walker, commanding division, of operations at Harper's Ferry. headquarters Walker's division