Newspaper of The New York Herald, May 10, 1864, Page 1

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THE NEW YORK HEltAED. WHOLE NO. 10,098. NEW YORK, TUESDAY, MAY 10, 1864.- WITH SUPPLEMENT. PRICE THREE CENTS. ON TO RICHMOND! SEVERAL GREAT VICTORIES. Success of General Grant's Operations. Lee in Full Retreat to Richmond. OUR ARMY IN PURSUIT. HANCOCK IN THE ADVANCE. The Union General Wads worth Killed. Longstr set Reported Mortally Wounded. Important Despatches to General Dlx. Another Battle and Anothor Union Victory. Lee Again Defeated on Snnday. Despatches from Generals Grant and Meade. rftkigfTlag aid Prtjtr Kicii ?eiM by the Freildest. Spoooli of President Linuli at the Whit# Hons#. Two ThoniRBd Rebel* Taken Prisoner*. FREDERICKSBURG IN OUR POSSESSION. OPERATIONS 01 JAMES RIVER. ror General Butler March ing on Richmond. Kf HE CASUALTIES. tamos of Bomo of tho Killed and Woundtd. aTom or van dsad. rhe News from General Sherman. [>ccupation of Dalton by Out Forces, ftU it*.. An ?TH? OFFICIAL D^yp/vTCHES. ' |J_|| . r)n r, , *<ortt*r> BUntoa (e Gsicral Dli. y' Wabhinotos, May 9?10:46 A. M. Major Onoral D tri ple have Intelligence thla morning, by agentB lirect from the army, as late as Saturday even lag, but no official reports. The general results may be stated as a sue ceaa to our arm*. The fighting on Friday waa the most des perate known in modern limes. I deeply regret to say that the country will Save to mourn the death of that accomplished aoldtor, Brlgndior General Wadsworth, who was ?track In the forehead by a Ml, at the bead of his command, while leading them against one of the enemy's strongest positions. His remains are in our hands, in charge of Colonel Sharpe. General Webb wm wounded. General Jones, of the rebel army, waa killed. The condition of our army is represented to |e most admirable. Their cool, determined eaurage has in every Instanoe proved too mach for the desperate Airy of the rebels, who have been driven at all points. There has been ao straggling. At the latest accounts Hanooek was pushing forward rapldljr, by tho left, to Spottsylvania yourt House, and yesterday heavy cannonadjn* , was heard at Aquia crock from that direction. _ .Wq barf last same prisoner* One ijci ment, the Seventh Pennsylvania reserve*, charged through u ahatls of the enemy, hut were unable to get back, and moat of them were oaptured. We have also taken a large number of prisoners, supposed to be more than we lost. The wounded had not jet arrived at the point where the trains were to receive them. The Medical Director reports that a large propor tion are slightly wounded. Artillery was not used on either side the last two days. There is nothing late from General Butlei fhan the dates of my last despatch. General Sherman was heard from last night Be bad been all day reconnoitring the enemy's position, and would attack to-day. EDWIN M. STANTON, Secretary of War. . 8?er?tary StaMtoa'a Second 0?a patch. Washington, May 9?11:30 A M. Major General Dix: ? This Department has just received from Gen. Butler the official report of Gen. Lee of the operations of Friday. He says their loss in killed is not large, but they have many wounded. He grieves to announce that Gen. M>ngstreet was severely wounded, Gen. Jenkins killed, and Gen. Pegram badly wounded on Thursday, and that it is supposed that Gen. Stafford will recover. He thanks a meroiful God that every advance on their (General Grant's) part has been repulsed. He states that our fore es attacked them and caused some confusion. General Wade worth 'a body fell into their bands; but our reports this morning state that it is now in our possession, under charge of Oolonel Sharpe, as stated in my first despatch this morning. THE BELIEF HERE IS THAT LIEU TENANT GENERAL GRANT IS ACHIEV ING A COMPLETE VICTORY. EDWIN M. STANTON, Secretary of War. ?MNtary Itaalon'i Third Despatch. Washington, May 9-4 P. M. Major General Dix:? Despatches have just reached here direct from General Grant. They are not fully deciphered yet; but he is ' 0.1 to Richmond I'' We have taken two thousand prisoners. EDWIN M. STANTON, Secretarr of War. The Lait Official Despatch. Washington, May 9 ? 4 P. M. A bearer of despatches from Gen. Meade's headquarters has just reached here. He states that Lee's army common oed falling baok on the night of Friday. Our army com menced the pursuit on Saturday. The rebels were in full retreat for Rich mond by the direct road. Hancock passed through Spottsylvania Court House at daylight yesterday. Our headquarters at noon yesterday were twenty miles sonth of the battle Hold. We occupy Fredericksburg. The Twenty second New York cavalry occupied ih&* place at eight o'clock last night. The depot for our wounded Is established at Fredericksburg. EDWIN M. STANTON, Secretary of War. Telegram from General Meade. Philadelphia, May 9, 1864. Mrs. General Meade has received an official despatch from her husband, dated Saturday, stating that? "We are all well." The Pre tide at Recommend* Prayer and Thanksgiving to Almighty God. Exkcuttvb Mansion, ) Washington, May 9, 1864. j To the Fricnds or Union and Libehtv Enough is known of army operations within the last five days to claim our especial grati tute to God. While what remains uudone de mands our most sincere prayers to and reliance upon Him (without whom all human effort is vain), I recommend that all patriots, at their homes, in their places of public worship, and wherever they may be, unite in common thanks giving and prayer to Almighty God. Abraham Lincoln. THE RISKS OF COBRESPONDEHTS. Two of the Herald Special Army Corres pondent* Captured by Oncrllln*. Washington, May 9, 1804. Mr. James C. Fitzpatrick and Mr. S. Caawallader ban arrived. They left the field on Saturday afternoon, and were captured by rebel guerilla* on Saturday sight. They escaped yesterday afternoon, but were robbed o( their lists of killed and wounded and all tbelr note*. But tb* scene* of tbo battle field were pbotographo<l on Utclr memories and your readers will, therefore, hare a description of the Ibree days* ojrtratiODl. TH| DETAILS. Mr. James C. Fltspatrlck'* Despatch. Wa?v SfiTON, M*y 9, 1M4. ' Having the misfortune to bo oaptured by a porting o( Stuart's cavalry , a ho deprived mo or my ^ tlie recent battles, I aiu able now to (ire you but a general account or tbo flghtlnjt, roiylng upon rSy mnmory for what I can or details, and prseentlnf them In tbe order hi wbicb they suggest themselves. The Operations of Wednesday, May 4. On Wednesday the grand movement took place a- roes the Rapidan, and If a movement unexpected by the en* my and yet strategic In Its character constitute* an lode* 1 or generalship, then certainly General Grant has shown his superiority. Instead of moving against tbe olntra of Lea's army. General' Grant, by a suddeq march, threw himself at once asross tbe RapldAn and upon tbs enemy's right flank. Tbo consequence waa tb* turn Ing of ibat flank; and the lines of tb* eontaadlng' armies, In place of attending east and wast, changed to north, west and southeast. In pla<-* or the Hapidan, tbe Rappahannock and ttederlcksbnrg wer* now plnoed In his rear, aflbrding a refuge for tbe woondsJ and a place ?f comparative aaTety for the supply trains. It la wall to understand that to this campaign General Orant operate* without any base. lie has abandoned tb* tlaa* honored euatotsi of moviaf upon the enemy by llnee of railroad ?r navigable water. In leaving bis position at Culpepper, he cut loose from the tins of rail road whtoh had b.?en hi* base while the army was en camped, and marched It at once Into tbe enomy'S ooun try. No general, however self-reliant, would entirely trust to the certainly of vlotory. While tbe army hecamo a huge flosMng asms, nsverod from ad connection with any bsae, at the same time it wan In position, In esse of di*a*?*r, to fall back upon Pmderlckshnrg and tbe line of tbe Rappahannock. The marching orders were three days' ration* in havereacke, three more in knapsacks, and M mors in the iras? ? a apply NO ? clent to last until tbe future ?m sufficiently determined. So niucb for the strategy uadtr which Uio lighting nu inaugurated. On Wednesday the army or >ssed the Kapldan by two fords, tbe Geraianaa and K1> 4. TLo latter ia farther down tbe stream. It was here that the Second oorpa, uuder Oouerul Hancock, crossed aod marched to tbe de signated position. The Flft h and Sutb oorpt oioeaathM tbe upiH-'r ford, and, marching to tbe centra) point? Vtf 11 demean Tavern? came Into po?lti>n upon tbe rigbt of Hancock. The boauty of tho movamont waa aawolablng to tbe array itself. Tbe sequenco of corps was admirably preserved? the Second holding the loft, with tbe cavalry tbe Fifth tbe oentre, and the Sixth the right. The operations of the day were confined to a little skir mishing with the enemy's cavalry, who bad appeared upon the river bank, but did not attempt to dispute the laying of tbe pontoona or the crowing of the troo^e . The Fighting on Thursday, May 5. In tbe meantime {General Kurnside, by forced marches from Warren ton Junction, bad arrived within supporting distance. Crossing the Rapldan on Thursday morning by Germanla Ford, be cam* into portion on the rigbt of lien eral Sedgwick, Stevenson holding the rigbt and protect ing the pontoons, Wilcox taking position on tbe left, picketing to Sedgwick's right, while Potior beld the ccntro and reserve. Tbe lighting on the rigbt comrowed with an attack by Sedgwlfk, who also roiside a >ly advanced his lines. In tbea'ternoon tbe < njmy advanced to drive him bark] Tbe result was a terrific struggle, in wblcb many of our most gallant officers fell, Including Colonel stapes and Lleutenaut Colonel Hudson, of New York. Only two dlvi sions of Sedgwick'! corps were ia line. The third was in motion, but bad not taken position. Tbe rebels made a desperate effort to turn Sedgwick's rigbt; and in this extremity he sent a request to General Buruslde to close <ip and assist bin). There was a lull In the firing at this moment. Tbe aide-de-camp who brought tbe request aalJ that it wax but temporary. The enemy had been repulsed in the first attack, and their silence was only indicative of a more vigorous onset. Rlckett'a division, however, cam* into line at this mo ment and supported the remaining exhausted divisions. It was near nightfall when tbe rebels again advanced. The movement was covered by their artillery until tbe infantry came within maakct range, when a tremendous fire was opened on both side*. Tbe volleys were regular and steady, and at one time would have been mistaken for the echoing of a thunder storm. This was, perhaps, tbe sharpest part of tbe engagement. It Is net exaggerating fb say that at tble time, as well as throughout tbe 'whole battle of tbe Wilderness, the musketry exseeded that of any battle yet fought here. One curious part of the fight remains to be told. It continued until nearly nine o'clock at nlgbt.two hours after tbe combatants were able to distinguish each other. I happened at this time to be with Burnslde's oerpv and am able to give you o ily a general idea of the tight ae It appeared to at. As for the contest on the left and in tbe centre, 1 ?m able to give bnt few de tails. Our line of battle occupied the segment of a circle, whoae chord was some five mile* In length, and tbe visit ing of all tbe corpa was out of the question. It wu veil known that the rebels had massed their troope against both tbe wings of our army, and hence- the deaperaie fighting of Hancock's and Sedgwlok'a corps. Warren, In the centre, advanced upon tbe Orange Oonrt House turnpike, but bod not proceeded far before be en countered the rebels, when, arter a fight of some dura tion, they charged and captured twe pieces of artillery, which K waa Impossible to extricate. Ia fact, the exper lence In this ease was useful afterwards. The dense nature of tbe timber, with Its accompanying undergrowth, waa such as to preclude tbe use of artillery altogether, and tbe battle from our side wai wajed entirely wtih small arm'. Tbe t lspoeltlon of tbe enemy during the day was un deratocd to be, I.oagstreet'a corpa opposed to Hancock, A. P. Hill's to Warren, and Ewell'a to Sedgwick's. Vague report* were also in circulation that Beauregard waa Is the fieM, with tbe reoeot garrison of the dereooee of Charleston, aad Hoke waa rumored preeent, with a portion of the troop a lately operating In North Carolina. The Fighting on Friday, May 6. A light haze covered lb? ground when day dawned on Friday morning. As it disappeared beforo tbe aim, and as tbe pickets of both armies came in sight of each other, hostilities began from a slow and straggling interchange of shots between tbe picket*. Tbe firing Increased In warmth until six o'clock, when tbe engage ment became general, and continued with little abatement tbrojgloul tbe day. Tbe tebels bad In trenched their positiou on tbe right by telling timber and covering it with earth. Their line ran along tbe edge of tbe woods, with artillery stationed at intervals. A less formidable work was thrown up by our troops, and tbe interval of ground was tbe scene of one of tbe most botly waged contests of tbe war. Tbe ground was rougbt over in some places as mauy aa four or Qve times, the combatants driving each otber in turn from tbe opposite lines of rifle pits. Tbe Sixth corps, on tbe right, was most heavily engaged in tbe forenoon. Hanoock, on tbe pi nk r<*d, sustained a terrible charge of the rebels, who drove him back and repossess* the ground cap tared from them the day previous. Sedgwick's le t division? that of General Seymour? was thrown into confusion by a charge from that portion of tbe rebel line, which was said to have been reinforced during tbe night by Loogsirect's corps. In fact, tbe condition of aflkire at this moment seemed anything hut hopeful, i and though tbe line w*s (maliy ro-eatablishod, yet when, later In the evening, tbe rebels pierced tbe right eentre, | under Warren, and pished our lines so far back that for a while It seemed as ir tbe right wlag would be detacbel, the feetlng of apprehension was almost universal. Tbe oondition of affairs certainly looked gloomy on that Friday evening. Illstory demands tbat tbe truth should ; be told. At the b?W? Wilderness General Grant did not so muoh outfight as outmanoeuvre and outgeneral tbe enemy. By a masterly movement on Friday night he changed 'the entire aspect of affair*. Withdrawing the Sixth corps from the right, by way or tbe Ely's ford road, be tent It to the extreme left, thus at tbe samq una Consolidating bis own lines once moro and threatening the rebel capital Itself. The operations of tbe :,".nth carpi, which on the -lay oefore had been held In reeerv*, were directed re* pec lively to tho assistance Warren and Hancock. The divleton of Stcr^on was sent along the plank road in the direo*',^ 0f chanoellorsvllle, with orders to report to a*'erai Hancock. The First brigade came under the or ders of General Blrney, and, with the command ol tbat officer, i<ert!cipate<t In the lerco conflict on the left Tbe Second brigade was in reserve, to clowe l lie (rap between Warren and Hanoock. Tbe divisions of I'arke and Wilcox were moved ont npon a country road running southerly between tbe turnpike and plank road. Tbe rebels wsre soon encountered, and when Cetera' Birnsldo and st iff rodet> tho front they were greeted with a particularly warm salute. It railed of Injuring any one, bowsvor. I'arke, with his dlvlsioo, held tbe right of tbe road, and was on the flank of Warren, whoee position waa further streagthanml by the massing of tbe Fifth and Ninth corps artillery la positions convenient to repel any attempt of tbe rebels to break through. To the left of Tarke, and closing ap tbe spaoe between him and Ste venson, waa Wlleoxl division. The rebel sharpshooters stationed themselves In tbe tree topa immediately over the front rf their line. Cap tola Hutchinson, or Wilcox's staff, waa weaaded painfully, thoagb not dangerously. In the thigh while conveying an order. Colonel Legendre, ct the Fifty-Aral New York, waa shot from a tree, tbe Ml pagaiag through the peak of bis eap and culling tbe bridge of the noee. Tbe Ftmrth division of colored troopa, under Ferraro, waa npon tbe extreme right, picketing the rivea and balding the line between Hanoock and tbe river. When snbse qoently the provisional brigade tf Oetenel Marshal was moved to the oeatre, one of Ferrero's brigades took their place. Vp to tho time I left tbe fleM the colored troops had not Uksn part hi the battle. Many of tbe regiments of ths Ninth oorpe were odder lire for the first time. All be haved In a moat credit* hie manner, seme of them stead log to the work live veteran regiments. Nr. I. Csdwsisder's Dcepatrh, Wasnumvcs, May t, 1SS4. i Ny account of tbe battle of tbt WiMervfsa mail H I short sud dcaultury. Whiles r out* to Wssbingtoo, with j a fall wrltton report, embracing the complete operations j up to four o'clock on Saturday, the 7ih mat., sud an accu rate lilt of killed and wounded in every portion of the aim/ engaged lu battle, I wan unfortunately capturod by m detachment of Stuart s cavalry, end was robbed of all payors 'bit :ould not .ostantiy be concealed or de stroyed The Advance of the Army on Wednes day, Hay 4. Ibe Army of ibe Potomac waa pat in motion at mid night of Wednesday j tbe 4th Inst., and moved in twf col sum prepared to force a passage of tbe far famed Rapldan at Germanla and Fly's fords if tbe enemy should offer resistance. Minor Goneral Warren, commanding tba Flltlt oorpe, man bed from Culpepper Court House to Ger mania, and began crossing tbe bead of his column on two pontoon bridges thrown across In tbe night by the engl. neers of Brigadier General Wilson's division of cavalry' Contrary to tbe expectation of many, the enemy was not mot in force. General Wilson threw his cav airy forward as Tar as Wiidemwj Tavern and Chan cellorsvilto without having so much as a respec table skirmish, tbe strategy ol G moral Grant had so evidently deceived General Ix>e. Tbe latter seemed to expect us to uiUance in force along tbe line of the rail road, by way of orange Court House and Cordonsvllle and bad been busily engaged uncovering all tbe fort!* an<i crossings of the lower Jtspldon and Rappahannock, and massing his troops on oi>r apparent Iront from Culpepper as a consequence we mot with no obstruction of a serious character uutll reaching tbe edge of tbe Wilderness, tioneral Warren marched ueany to the turnplko Icadiug fronat banccllorvillo to Orange without bailing. !n tlio morning be was ordered to turn the right on the turnpike : nd oocupy the heights, about a mile southwest of Its crossing with the p'auk road from Germama. lie was in position by noon, with hastily constructed Held breastwork crossing tbe road at a right angle and extend ing a considerable distance on either sido. Major Genoral Hancock's Facond corps marched from tho vicinity of llrundy Station at the same hour General Warren left Culpepper. General Hancock crossed at Ely's Ford, about Ave miles below Germanla, and passed to tho right of Cbancellorsvllle, intersecting tbe plank road from thence to Orange Court House, by way of Barker's store, about two miles south of the latter place. General Hancock round no enemy In his front until reach ing tho Intersection named above, when bo drove small parties of scoots and pickets. i Genoral Sedgwick's Sisth corps crossed atGermania, and marched to a position assigned bim on tbo rlgbt of General Warren. He fell upon tbo rebel outposts about nine o'clock, and drove them In by Bring a few allots. M^jor General Burnside, of tho Ninth corps, followed in the rear of General Sedgwick, and ocoupied tbo ground between bis right and the Rapidan. | The Battle on Thnriday, May 5. At one o'clock on Thursday wo wore in line of battl< with tbe best corps on tbe extreme rlgbt? * bo Sixth? tba Fifth with the Second forming our extreme left. Tho cavalry had been skirmishing la the meantime with a newly discovered bo?y of Stuart 'a moo, near Chrncel lorsville. These were soon found to have augmented, and tbo skirmish speedily swelled into the proportion* of a battle. General WUeon, with a portion of bis command, was out off from the main body, but joined them later In ibe day. Tbe fighting here established tbe great superiority of our cavalry to Stuart's famous partisans. The Utter wero badly worsted in tbo day's engagement, and retired to ward Fredericksburg, to join Gsneral Fltsbugb Lee, of wboee command Stuart's is a port. On taking the different positions ssaignod them each eorpo began the hasty coustructlon of Aeld breaatworka In front of Its flrat line of battle, and soon bad them ca- 1 poble of offering formidable reolstance. Tbo face or tbo country and character of Its growing timber was found to be the most unfavorablo Imaginable for offensive ope. rations. Tbo roods won narrow gsnerally, tedious and bounded on either side with a dense growth of young pine, chin bap la sad sera bay oak, wltb an uodergrowth of hasel in many places that rendered tbe forest almost Im penetrable. Tbe pines were low limbed and ssrsggy, and tbo chinkapins tbe stillest and bristliest of tbeir ?psclsi. An sdvauce in line of batue was almost impas sible. Artillery could not be brought into octlon at all. A fsw places on the Immediate line of tbe road, and In an ocoaaioaal break In tbe foreat on either side, wore tbo only positions possible for planting batteries. Over three hundred picces lay idle during the whole of tbe first day's fighting. Ths position wss admirable for defenoe, and was so lected by General Lee lnatantly on learning that General Grant had out manoeuvred bim and gained a crossing without a battle. Many of tbe ravines were deep and Impassable, but a majority were not so on sccountof precipitous declivities. Tbe main obstacles we had to contend sgslnst waa ths thick growth of scrub by timber that prevented tho proper handling of the troops and concotfed lbs enemy's pretence and disposi tion o< bis forces. Our grand lioe of battle formed by all the corpa was rally Ovo miles in length, from northwest to south east, with tbe centre thrown rorwsrd, giving It a convex rorm. The rebel line was of equally if not greater length, as wax proven by their maintaining their positions in our front, snd on one or two occasions temporarily turning our flanks. Ibis much It seems beceesary to say, for a proper ap preciation of what Is to follow. At ono o'clock P.M., on Thursday tienoral Warren's corps began battle by advancing along tbo lino of the turnpike In lino or battle on both sides. Tbo fighting wss sharp ami vigorous on both sldea, with occasional Inter vain, till dark, with indiffurent success to either. Our first d?nli from the centre 'if Warren's corps wss met with a ds.'dly volley that thraw their lins Into momentary confusion.. Tbs rebels took advan- i Ute of this, and made a bayonet charge on Battery P, First Now York artillery, capturing two of their brass Ns^oleons, or twelve pounders. Tbe battery 'eem* t'o have been imprudently exposed and (differently supported. Sharpshooters had previously shot down ths horses >tnd msny of the men. Tbe captain waa wounded early In lh? light, lbsse wero the only guns wo lost lu tho battle. U dark Warren nominally beid position|a half mile in advance of bis breastworks. General Sedgwick may possibly have been feoUng tbo enemy earlierr than Warron, but was not holly engaged till afternoon. The fighting la hia front was terrific for a considersble period, snd the losses necessarily heavy on both sides. At night ho poemod to hive gamed a decided advantage, and at one Urns It soetned probable that Lee waa withdrawing trooi* from that point and concentrating oa our left. J*nb#oqnerit ev?nta contradicted this theory, and tbs tixth ca?ps was compelled to meat one of tbe mopt via lent assaults of this or any other war. General llano ?k opoae ion tbo rebels from tbo left of our line, si half- peat four on Thursday afternoon, snd Fought furiously till night. Ho found btmaeli eon frosted with veteran troops, who resisted his impetuous assaults with ibe coolness of well trained soldiers, and when forced back always retired In belter order than would be possible for fresh recrnKa. Fr m the moment of attack till dark, tbo crash of musketry araa Incessant and deafenlug. Tbo rsbele wave finally driven folly a mile. OeA Hsncock was severely pressed at one time In tbe evening, and two brigades wore thrown Into tho gap be tween bis rlgbt asd Warren's left. Tbo fighting hero waa of tbe most obstinate character possible As lbs *un sunk below tbo horizon, the grand conflict of the dsy lulled loto Irregular musketry firing, and fiual ly ceased altogether. General Bumside's corps waa not angagod through the day, but wss bsld In pneltlen to anpport tbe Hlxtb. The Battle of Friday, Hay 6. At (We o'clock id the nmralnf , u t tie Ural 4i?d of mornini waB merging Into day ( me ronteet wia renewed elor.t; ibo *otlre 11M, and tbo tour and brim of buttle <*n>o from erery quarter. rrom certain indict llo ni It w*< ?.?cliidad tbat I** ?? relnfomng l/n* Btreet, on ll?of< elTa frmit, and .1 part of llurnaide ? orjw waaSooMdlngljr moved to bia anpport by taking ? p..?i lion to tbo loft of tleuorel Warren and oasi^ctety Hi. tag the gap loto whick Ike two hriratfta had been throve tho pri?c?i:w< On moving at daylight toward* their assigned position through ? close forest, they found It occupied by rebols prepared to dispute Its possession The Aghtinx at tbia j iMiint was over by nine o'clock. Find lug it impossible to j dlalodge tbe rebel* from Uielr position, early in the m ru ing Hancock waa driven bialc close to his breastworks by superior foroe, bnt subsequently rallied his men and suc ceeded :n regaining. most of tbo lost grounj. Between teu and eleven o'clock, however, Longstreet succeeded Id turniug Hie lot t of his advanco and tbrowlog It ;Cto groat confusion. This extended along the #n the line, and came near involving tbe whole corn* ia ineitrlcable confusion. Ho waa once mora forced b** to his breastworks, and tbe rebels actu ally planted their colore inside of those, but cjuld not sustain i.iemselves. and wero soon ejected. At thla juncture heavy reiuforcemonta were thrown to hia support from BurnsMe'a corps, and hia m?n wor* milled and taken well in hand, and all danger of fUrti.?r disaster removed. Tbe charge of Longstreet was oom pletely overwhelming and crashing. Solid masses of Infantry were burled upon Hancock, lino artor line, with an impetuosity which nothing could withstand.' It was exceedingly fortunate for tbe Sixth cor pa, and for tbe wholo army, that he waa checked at tbe criti cal period, and driven back with as much precipitation aa be came. Tbe ground in front of Hancock bad been fought over a number of times, and the wounded, dead and dying on the Held, were a vast multitude. Many of thorn had lain thero long, but a majority hi t been carried away by the party in temporary possession of the ground At night Hancock occupied his breastworks, anil had nothing but prisoners aud rebel dead to show lor the slaughter of tbo two days' fighting. He behavod with conspicuous gallantry throughout, and waa on the field In person when dangers were thickest. General Warreu was also hotly assaulted along his entire line, and the utmost surprise wis manifested at the numhnr of troops that Lee was able to bring Into action. This corps retained lis flrsiposltlon, however, till darkness closed tbe contest of tho day. About mid night a charge was made, which gave way, and was unable to regain the ground thus lost. This of ceurse compiled tho abmdonmeut of a great portion of tbe line of breastworks on tbe front or thla corps, and ! bi ought the skirmish line within a half mils of Generals Grant and Meade's headquarters | General Sedgw^k's corps maintained itself against tbe ! rigorous assaults of superior numbers at different times during the day, and bad no serious reverse ' uatll late in tbe evening. A charge was mad* ! on lta extreme right lor tbe purpose of turn log it, aa waa done with Hancock's, In tbe morning. Milroy'a old division was driven back In great confusion at length, and the enemy succeeded in edectu- I ally turning our right flank. Tbe behavior of thla division was severely criticised I Reports ?? S*lillera grou the Battle Field. Washington, May 0, 1804. If anything mora were neoesaary than the official re ports which have been telegraphed to sssure you of th? (lorlons victory which General Grant has achieved, It may be found In tbe fact that, out of three hundred soldisrs who arrived at Armory square Hospital bare to-night to receive tbe kind offices of Surgeon , Bliss, not one express a doubt of the entlrs i success of General Grant's movement. The statement of i these men, who sre from dlflferont commands on tbs right wing of our army, ia that tbe attack upon that portion of General Grant's line waa most furious, and for a lima ap jnranlly Irresistible, longstreet's rebel corps exhlbllod the most sublime bravery, and was only repelled b* ?*?? superhuman efforts of our troops, after ?h?r *??<? oeen . <tHvan nm< iiwm ,?rior. or ? mile from their align ! ment. Tbe rebels were, however, repelled In turn. It was puraly a musketry fight on Thursday, and Iks shrill whistle and rattle of small arms Is said by many of those with whom your corrsspondents have con versed, veterans as they are, never to have been exceeded In ssiy contest In Which taey hare been previously engaged. In tbe Wilderness, wbera there Is a great degree of undergrowth and a thicker growth of stunted timber, It was round in possible for us to use our srtlllery to advantage. The sams was tbe case with tbe enemy. Consequently the engagement was almost wholly with Infantry, at short rai^e At oae time tbe right of Sedgwick's corps wavered, I determine* spirit of our army, encouraged by tbe knowledge of the tact mat ou< u.ia^a wp? was la supporting distance or them, enabled tbea not only to check tbe enemy's advanoe, but to drive them In turn Tbas on Tbarsday, wlttK?U writing a word of tbe doings on the other portions or Grant's line, tbe right wing went to rest confident that they bad perfoamed their duty. the wounded men whose narrative wo have briefly re corded as it was taken down, by starlight, walked from tbe field In tbe Wilderness to Ely 's Ford, two Herald correspondents accompanying them la tbelr devious route. At Ely's Ford s pontoon bridge wss discovered, sod rebel guerillas also reported on the other side. The men then took in tbe pontoon bridge and wont to Chancellorsvllle, and from tbenoo to Frede* rlckaburg, learning that Fredericksburg wss occuplsd by our cavalry. Our men, who were not badly wounded, had twelve muskets. Tha entire force tried to cross tbe Kappa bannock, when they wore fired upon, our men returned the Are aod killed one man and one horse. None of our wounded aoldlers were further injured. Tbey succeeded In crossing, aod reached tbe Potomae at Aqula, where they were picked up by the steamer Rebecoa Barton. THE WASHINGTOH TELEGRAMS. TMa First Dtiptieh. Wiwn*<rrO!r, llij 0?13:40 P. If. A courier has arrlred with dee patches from tbe Army of the Potomac, b j way of Fredericksburg a DO A^ula Creek. Il? brings the intelligence that Lee's army Is hurrying towards Ricbmood, and that Grant la la pnreoll. Hancock, loading the advance, bad reached Spottsyl ranla Court House before the courier lert. Tb? battles of Thursday and Frldiy were fierce and ?anguinary. Among tbe general officer* killed on onr side, not before reported, is (Ion. Wadswortb, bilhcrto reported wounded, (ieooral W ideworlh was gallrimiy leading a charge upon tbs enemy through a swamp when lie fell plcrced through tbs temple by a ball. The charge waa twice repulsed, and the body of <iener.il Wadswortb left in the bauds of tbennemy, but a third effort was successful In dlsludglnrf ilia eoumy, and lbs remains of tbe Cencrnl sru now in tbe chargo of Colonel pbari', Assistant Provost 51 >r^b?l cf the Army of tbe Potomac. ** On tUc rebel aide Long --treat la wounded mortally, Ceaorala 1'lckeft and Jenkins killed, and I'egram aud J one* wounded. J lie S?toad Deepalch. WaRmxatoK, May ?, 1*?4. Rap r Is Trout the front, not official, by partlus who lert there on .Saturday, are to the effect that the result of ths fighting rn Friday was even stirs alraatagdus to the I'ulon ea ise lhaa that of Thursday, resulting in Lee's Palling back, according to soaae reports, twelre miles, leaving his a?ad nnrt wouudad In our tiaada. Grant, according to tbo saoae report, N a Held full of pr.sooers, aad bad advanced to fl^ottaylvanU Courl House. A verbal message, reolv-jd at General fjilleck's hud quarter* by a messenger from the Army of the Potomac, Is I?I tbe effort that tbe battle closed on Friday, the enemy baring Mien back about i w jlvo miles, tearing bis dead aud wounded on the field. . Oa Saturday at three o'clock L*e's army waa In Hill retreat through ^pettaylreaia, and when the messenger left General Ifan.ock wu entering the place In pursuit. ITe bsr* captured many iwBonera, but tbe aum'iar it pot known. j General nutter It reported to be within ten mites of Richmond. This inform uloo comas by a boat from Alexandria, pesaeagera from there reporting tha arrlral j of part as from Grants army with new* to that effect. ' Parties in tlexandris o maty yesterday heard firing , as Irom heavy stage gnus, ill UiO direct I1'? Spottsylraoia j Court IIot??e, ruin eleven A. U. until one P M Tha >l.f* ] lai ee is ?>vcr sixty unlet; but tbe day wee quiet and tra | wind from tfco ?MthW"st, maklajt it wH improbable that ' the firing from tho b>ttlo goto* ou yo'terday be 1 iwe?i Ui ant and l.en. j Ot a; 'othe ,at of tbe Rai>palur,r k\ brldfe hel.ig out j ef <?i - je order direct ag thai th? aaaadsil ba J brought to Washington bu been countermauded for lh? ! present. Third Oripalth. Waannrcrov, May t, 1M4 ' The Rtjtublican *\tr* aay?? There la reaaon to beliere, } from despatches already received sfnee our flrst extra to day, that Leo waa forced to light at fpottaylvaniaon Ssuday, and was again repuiaed and compelled to retreat. Another statement la that General Grant bad flanked him, and got between the rebel army aad Rlobmond. 1 ee s rajiort of the battle of Thursday last, published In the Richmond papera, haa been telegraphed to tbia city by (leneral Butler. I.ee aaya that General Grant at tacked him, which contradicts the report received fear* that Lee made tho at lack npon our army. Lee employ* tbia language:?1 "Tbanlt God, we have repulsed the at tacks of the enemy." He itatea that Ixmgatreet to badly wounded. It Isa historical fttct , which note can deny, that th* much talked of I.ongntreet has never won a victory. I? aaya aothlng in hia report a boot the light of Friday. Telegrama show that General Butler la atlll holdtog the line of railroad between Petersburg and Richmond, pre venting Beauregard from reinforcing Lee. The Fourth Despatch. Wamikqto*, May 0, IBM. The telegraph la working to Rappahannock station, dp to Ave o'clock thla morning none of our wounded had arrived there. This creates surprise, and many rumora are in circulation In consequenoe. Communications have lieen opened with Generala Smith and Gillmore, who are near Richmond, and have been lighting. It may lie that some of our wounded have bean aont to the York river. There was no fighting yesterday, and oar army la be lieved to lie advancing seocsaefttlty. Fredericksburg haa been occtipled, aad the railroad I* being repaired. We may not hear again from the Army of th*r</to*iso for a week. The Medical Director of the army estimat** oar loeses at nearly ten thousand, aa f?l Iowa:? Twelve to fifteen hundred killed and eight thousand wounded. Lieutenant General Grant haa taken ap the bridges la hla rear. The Seventh Pennsylvania reserves charged through a denaa thicket, and, being unable to get back, all hat ality were taken prlaonera. The Fifth Dcapatch. WaamaoTox, Mar 0, IMA. Despatches from General Meade and Lieutenant General Grant have jusi been received by the Wsr Department. There la no foundation for the report that the rebel* are evacuating Rlchmood, nor that Petersburg la evacu ated. Our army waa In full purauit of the enemy toward* Richmond. We have two thousand prisoners. Our forces occupied Frederlckaburg at eight o'clock laat night. The hoapltsl for our wounded waa established there. Our wounded In the recent battles will not probably reach Washington until to-night, not yet having reached Rappahannock Station. The supplies, nurses, physicians and attendants bar* been ready for two days, and have gone forward. The wounded are now estimated at about tirelr* thou aaod. a* tna latest datea received by the War Departaoeet General Hancock was rapidly pushing by ths left to Spottaylvanla Court Bouse. Heavy cannonading wa* heard from that direction yesterday at Aqula Creek. General Jenner (rebel) Is killed, and hto body Is reported to be In our possession ? THE WOTODXD. Wmrimiios, Hay 9, 18*4. The nnuLD correspondent at Rappahannock Station sends up a despatch stating that the orders for the trans mission of the treonded to Rappahannock Button have been countermanded. The pontoon bridge across the Rapldau baa bees taken up, and the wonnded are to be other wlae provided for. The tralna aent out for the wounded have returned. It la understood that General Grant haa established Held hospitals sad puehed en after the retrauiif without opportunity to detail Ibroee to open communlcatlooa In tne rear for their tranaportatloa to Waehlugton. Our Wounded Fired Oa by the People ot Frederlckafcmrg. Wimnmr, May t, IMC. On Friday a number of slightly wonnded men, 'Who had been ordered to the rear, m?tlo tbe'r way to FVedertefcs burg, under an escort of fourteen armed men. Or entering the town they were tired upon by. the cltl zena with shot guns, pistols and such otbar arm* as were obtaisable. They, however, ancoeeded In paaa Ing out and proceeded to Aqula croek, where they hastily oenatructed rafts and moved osse distance out Into the stream. They Anally hailed a gunboat, wh ton took then on board and brought them to Washington to nlgbt. They are now quartered at ;tbe Armory Hoepltal. The party number two hundred and eighty. Frederlckaburg la now occupied by auch of our fores* aa to Induce respect on the part of the inhabitants. Thla account la gtvsn by one of the wounded men. Tlw Call for Hurgtona, Bonroit, Ma y 9, 1M4. la raapoasa to a call from the Surgeon Goneral at Wuh Ingteu tea aurgeooa left vbla oily laat night to aid our wounded. THIS CASUALTIES. "??M of tte KIM IMI W??M m Far at E?cclv?4. Caiaaltlei In the l/nloa Army tlLI KD. Rrlfc. Cod. .lan.c* Widiwortta, of New York. Brig. (Jen Aicx. Hayt, of lYnnpyivanta. Col. Edward Carroll, Mtb IVnn?ylvania Volunteer?, Col. Woodward, of PennaylvunU, loo or Jodga Wood ward, the late modulate lor Governor of the Stale. WOUNDED Brig. Geo. ilex. $ Webb, or New York. Col. John Wilson, 43d Now York. Oil. Newton Stone, 2d Vrruioot. Col. Lewie, 3d Vermont. Col. tieo. u k Itmn.iy, woib New York. tj>l Well, >U? Maine. (>) <^l Roy Ptoue, rvnt.aytoaMla Rocktalla. Col. (? wynne. ljlSth I'enriAjrvnnla, leg. J .lent. Vol. Weal. I .lout. col. Tylor, <UU Maine. (?) MaiorP rl n, 49th New York. H'ritwgton Huh l'oi>?i?yWania Cant. John A. Smith, 47th New York, Mreraly. ( aid. Oeo. R Kirby,47th Vew York, ?lifbtly. ('apt. l?rl?g?. lltb reucByWante. Capi J N. liyrnoe, 8Ut reunaylraola. tlooi. Stb!o"ii.!orf, 47tl? Now York. ?erl?iiily r*> n?i?an oa rim xkw roni car jl?t. Borrj .fame*. Co. I. left ahouliUr, badly. < hafffcr Ahwjo (J , Co B, bead, alUhlty. [ Croaa Anthony, Orderlr Sergc??t,U> L, right arm. <;al|>ln William, Co. K. bead. I Hache Krwicrl k, Oo. K, right arm, badly ilawley John A,, Co. B, band. Jones Anion, Co C, ainputatl >0 of area. Mead Monro H , Co. F, right aboolder. Mowing Menry , Co. M, abuulder, gnlnn John, (Jo. P, laaa o( Ml iriu Key no da John U., Oo. M. fare, aeriooaly. Rodger* K'lward, Co. K, left thigh. Shep>>a d (h <riee.ro. M, right foot. Stylet John M , (*. K, mouth, badly. W.eton Maibew H , Co. ft, Watniworow, May # ? Kieolog. Notwithstanding the aattoanrei&ent that tb? wounded bad arrived at Rappabai n >ck 9tati*n? and were oa tba way to Waafclngtoa by rail. It appaira that none of tbe woneded have op to tbia tine arrived at Rappahanuook italic*, lha ordar lor tbair tran*i ortation by tbat route haa bce? countermanded. The trains order*! up Tor their removal are returned They ar? eapectad hire by water trao?por tatloD o? Iburaday. rOPT Y"F(>l*TH Hit* Toax INFiMVRT. lam fiptaln ,Tohr?oa, Co. I. CerporjJ liarke. Co K. Corporal J. H ivraika, Co. K. Hrltaie Chae, Tyler, 1 0 I. woi*nn J?argMai W hroan , Co. H. Prima M. Uupbeir.Co. I. CONTINUED ON 1X0HTH tkO*

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