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Brigadier-General Ellison Capers, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 5, South Carolina (ed. Clement Anselm Evans), Chapter 3: (search)
ad, run east from Richmond practically parallel for 5 miles, theNine-mile road to the north, below it the railroad, and further south the Williamsburg road. At Old Tavern, 5 miles from Richmond, theNine-mile road turns southeast, crosses the railroad at Fair Oaks, and joins the Williamsburg road at Seven Pines. About 2 miles fro running to the Federal left To strike him at Fair Oaks, the direct road would be the railroad, with theNine-mile road coming to the same point (Fair Oaks) from Old Tavern, and affording good points from which to turn the Federal right. Johnston's plan of attack was admirably considered. D. H. Hill's division was to attack at to save him from destruction by the attack of that portion of General Johnston's army, under General Johnston's immediate direction, whose headquarters were at Old Tavern, about 2 miles from Fair Oaks. Anxious for the safety of the Confederate left, and fearing that it might be attacked by forces from the north of the Chickahomi
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 2. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book I:—Richmond. (search)
bor, we come to New Bridge, which connects the hamlet of Old Tavern with the Gaines' Mill heights. One kilometre below this terward into a large clearing, in the midst of which, at Old Tavern, it again connects with the Richmond road to New Bridge o sustain his attack. Smith's orders were to proceed to Old Tavern, in order to cover the left wing of the army in case thek Swamp; Smith, on their left, continued inactive around Old Tavern. In short, the two generals-in-chief were both unconsc, inasmuch as he was the assailant. Leisurely posted at Old Tavern, he was still waiting for the booming of cannon on the Wm the Williamsburg road, and a man on horseback, leaving Old Tavern, would have had no more than ten kilometres to ride, witner placed one brigade and a half on the right, fronting Old Tavern; on the left the remainder of Sedgwick's division was di make himself master of the approaches to the plateau of Old Tavern, McClellan, still manoeuvring as if conducting the opera
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