, was not a town but the meeting-place of several roads of great strategic importance to the Federal army.
They led not only toward Richmond by the way of the upper Chickahominy bridges, but in the direction of White House Landing, on the Pamunkey River.
Both Lee and Meade had received reenforcements — the
Ready for the advance that Lee drove back
Between these luxuriant banks stretch the pontoons and bridges to facilitate the rapid crossing of the North Anna by Hancock's Corps on May 24th.
Thus was completed the passage to the south of the stream of the two wings of the Army of the Potomac.
But when the center under Burnside was driven back and severely handled at Ox Ford, Grant immediately detached a brigade each from Hancock and Warren to attack the apex of Lee's wedge on the south bank of the river, but the position was too strong to justify the attempt.
Then it dawned upon the Federal general-in-chief that Lee had cleaved the Army of the Potomac into two separated bod