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The enemy on the Appomattox. --Four Yankee gunboats ascended the Appomattox river last Thursday night, and commenced shelling a small force of Confederates as Point of Rocks, about a mile below the entrance to Port Walthall Lieut. Crenshaw and Private John Edwards, of Surry county, were wounded. The Petersburg Express says: We had but two small six pounders there, which were quickly put in position, and the fire of the gunboats returned. Of course no damage was done by them, unless perchance the balls may have struck among the crew of the vessels. Lieut. Crenshaw informs us that he could distinctly hear the ring of the balls from his guns as they struck and glanced from the iron vessels. This battle was kept up for the space of one or two hours, our infantry in the meantime using their muskets to the best advantage. It is supposed that the enemy had a number of sharp shooters along, as the fire of musketry from the decks of their vessels was quite brisk at times.
e Yankees and drove them back, not, however, until they had fought desperately for the ground. Finding it unfavorable to flank our force, the Yankees withdrew and left us in possession of the field. It was maintained until orders were sent for Gen. Toombs to retire. Our total loss may be summed up as follows Killed 24; wounded 160, and 4 missing, up to the time the reports came in Col. McIntosh of the 15th, lost his leg, Capt. Birch was killed' Capt. Tilley dangerously wounded, and Lt. Edwards slightly wounded. This engagement was a spirited and creditable affair, General Toombs obeying strictly his written orders. Gen. Lee pushed his advance until 10 o'clock last night, (Saturday,) and at 11 was in occupancy of the York River Railroad, the enemy's principal line of communication. This in effect pierces the enemy's centre, and separates their forces on the northside of the Chickahominy from those on the southside. Brig. Gen. Riker is among the prisoners brought to the ci
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