General E. P. Alexander, Chief of Artillery.
The Seven days battles.
continued from the Southern Magazine of June, 1875.]
On the morning of Monday, the 30th, the enemy in front of Magruder had disappeared, having crossed the swamp in the night — a part by the main road from Bottom's bridge, and a part by Brackett's ford.
The column of General Jackson (Ewell's, Jackson's, D. H. Hill's and Whiting's divisions) commenced crossing the Chickahominy at a very early hour, and entered the Williamsburg road at Savage station just in front of General Magruder's command, who was thereupon ordered to move across to the Darbytown road and follow Longstreet.
At Savage station a large hospital, with twenty-five hundred sick and wounded, fell into General Magruder's hands.
Large quantities of stores had been destroyed here, and among them all medical supplies, even those necessary for the enemy's own sick.
(See General Lee's report).
This day was the crisis of McClellan's retreat, the