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attack by opening on them with our twenty pounder batteries of rifled Parrotts, and soon the air was filled with artillery.- Genl. Sumner and Hooker had crossed the creek during the night and were now driving the rebels before them on the extreme right.- All along the right flank was our blaze of smoke and fire, and
^[[the]] rebels were falling back before us.- They fell back in good order, slowly retreating, and came out of the woods on our right in solid column (apparently without knowing that our batteries were on the hills) when we opened on them with all our batteries a terrible fire. Instantly they broke and ran in confusion for another skirt of woods just in front, all the time our big shells bursting in among them, and adding to the haste and confusion which everywhere prevailed. All this time the whole fighting was on the right flank, and was most terrible.- Now our solid columns came out of the woods (following the rebels)(which the rebels had just left) in line of battle, and in splendid order, a battery leading the advance, and were drawn up in line in front of a house, which the rebels had just fired as they left. The battery opened on the woods where the rebels were, and poured in a terrible fire, when suddenly about ten thousand rebels came moving out of the woods, at a charge bayonets and double quick to capture the guns.- The little battery stood firmly and let them get within two hundred yards when they opened with grape and cannister. At every fire a big hole would be cut in the ranks and the men
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