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Sunday night left the opposing forces on the Southside of James river in the same relative positions they had occupied for two days, but there was a decided impression upon the public mind that a general engagement would occur yesterday, and in this was no disappointment. Desultory Brag continued through the night, and about five o'clock on yesterday morning the commenced in earnest. The attack was by our forces, and among the brigades engaged were Gracey's, Kemper's, Johnson's, Barton's, Corse's, and Ransom's. It is stated that after the battle commenced, our men allowed the enemy to get possession of a fortification, when a fight took piece, almost hand-to-hand, the opposing being at times within ten yards of each other, and almost blinded by the dense smoke of the musketry. The result was that the enemy were driven some distance, who heavy loss in killed, wounded, and prisoners. At an early hour in the morning the following official dispatch was received from Gen.