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From Northern Virginia. Spotsylvania C. H., May 19,Via Chesterfield, May 21. Yesterday morning, about day, the enemy, with a considerable force of picked troops, assaulted our left wing. The attack, however, was quite feeble, and we readily repulsed them with slight loss on our side, but with considerable slaughter of the enemy. The fight lasted about one and a half hours. During this engagement we captured about sixty prisoners, and the enemy left over two hundred dead on the field. Last night the enemy retired from our left, leaving their dead unburied. They seem to be massing on our right, either for the purpose of attacking us again or to fall back. After the fight of yesterday on our left the enemy opened vigorous cannonading on our right wing, to which we responded, and a fierce artillery duel was kept up for two hours; our side, however, losing very slightly. Our men to day have been busy collecting arms on that part of the field abandoned by the enem
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From North Georgia. Atlanta, May 21. --By the train from the front this evening, we learn that a column of the enemy crossed the Etowah river, 8 miles above the railroad bridge, yesterday, marching on Marietta, and McPherson, with 15,000, crossed the night before, 12 miles below Etowah Station, to flank our left.--These movements have made a change of position necessary to our army in order to preserve its communication, and the lines have slowly fallen back along the line of the railroad. Etowah bridge was burnt last night. The advance of the enemy in force is become more slow as he recedes from his base. Several days may elapse before a general engagement can occur. There has been no skirmishing during the past two days. Portions of the relief committee, that were in the rear, have returned to Atlanta.