d, was the order an aid brought from General Ewell.
Going past the cavalry to the front we found the enemy's pickets, which companies G and E, Captain Nicholas and Lieutenant Lutts, immediately drove in — following them rapidly and driving in their supporting force, which skirmished obstinately.
This began about 3 o'clock, and we believe were the first guns fired in the great Richmond battles.
Following up our line of skirmishers, about sunset we reached a rising ground overlooking Beaver Dam creek.
During our skirmish we saw heavy columns pass down a short distance to our right, understood to be General Branch, and shortly after heard musketry and artillery of the fight at Mechanicsville.
The enemy in our immediate front had now got into a position from which we could not dislodge them without a severe struggle, and their interchange of fire was sharp.
What's that firing, Colonel?
said General Jackson to Colonel Johnson, as the latter rode up to General Ewell, to ask if he sh