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he 8th went into the fight, running and cheering. In consequence of the density of the thicket, the forces were almost face to face, before they could fire — and the whole battle was of this description — at close encounter. The enemy soon got their howitzers in position, on a little knoll, in front of which extended some open ground, and opened with canister. Here took place the hardest fighting, as the many dead bodies of Glend and foe which I saw lying about on the day after, proved Capt Heaton's company gallantly charged the battery, drove back its supporters, and turned it upon the enemy, but from want of artillerists the pieces could not be used, and one of them in the hurry was overturned. The fleet on our side then continued, an infantry engagement exclusively. It was certainly a desperate one. I have never witnessed a more conclusive exhibition of the daring courage of the Virginia race. Up to this time the enemy, 4,000 in number, by the confession of their own prisone