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y encumbered with them while the battles were in progress. Their loss in killed and wounded was also very heavy. Our loss in this day's fighting was estimated at from 600 to 800 killed, wounded and missing. During this engagement the corps of Gen. Hill, and the division of Maj. Gen. Pender, were principally engaged. On the next day, Thursday, Gens. Ewell and Longstreet engaged the enemy on the right and left, the line of battle extending two miles and a half on each wing. The enemy wereand against which dirt had been thrown constituting a formidable bread work. After they had been driven back to this position the fighting for-the day was discontinued. On Friday skirmishing was commenced between 1 and 2 o'clock in the day — Hill a corps and Heth's division being principally engaged. They reached the entrenchments, as did also the division of Gen. Pickett. After the enemy's works were carried, there was heavy fighting within the entrenchments; but the overpowering masses
this neighborhood where the desperate engagements of the first, second and third days of July were held; one to the West of Gettysburg, back of the Seminary, another South of the same place, near the Emmetsburg road, and a third upon the Cemetery Hill. All exhibit the same evidence of the fearful struggle for supremacy there taken place. Every variety of military accoutrements, every species of arms, dilapidated artillery, wagons abandoned and worthless ammunition, as well as dead horsesying in every conceivable position, and emitting a perfume anything but agreeable. All this, too, after the enemy themselves had been in possession of the premises for two days after the battle. Upon the site of what is known as the Cemetery Hill battle, where the first and second corps fought so gallantly, the eleventh not doing so well, besides other evidences of the fearful conflict which had there been raging, we counted eighty one horses lying dead, from the effect of the shot and she
Military nomenclature is so strange to me, and the repetition of brigades, of divisions, and the regiments of brigades, with the names of their several commanders, hurried through by the soldier who is familiar with them, cringes my attention, and when the speaker has done I have an imperfect idea of marching by the left and right, on the flanks and centre and scarcely aught else. I have given you a general account of the fight on Wednesday and Thursday when we drove the enemy to their for Hill twice drove the enemy's right their works in their centre remained unbroken, and he retired — not driven back — but because he would not advance so far as to expose his flank.--Ewell also drove the enemy's left from their entrenchments, but for the same reason he retired. Their centre held an almost impregnable position upon the top of a hill so sleep that our troops could not advance in order of battle, but had to struggle up as best they could, by companies, and were entirely exhausted by
g there is over. As you have doubtless learned are this, our troops under Gen. A. P. Hill crossed the Potomac at William sport, and advanced towards Gettysburg took from that direction, and reached a position on our extreme left. Soon after Gen. Hill advanced to the attack. Here Gen. Ewell encountered a large body of the enemdes's and Early's — he engaged the enemy in his front simultaneously, with Gen. A. P. Hill in the centre. While this was progressing Gen. Longstreet swing around hithat day was the complete repulse of the enemy from his position, followed by Gen. Hill's and part of Gen. Ewell's corps, who drove them across the range of hills bemiles they encountered our picket line, which fell back towards the main body. Hill and Longstreet turned upon them and repulsed them with great slaughter. Meantimition on the left, concealed his man from the observation of the enemy, and when Hill and Longstreet commenced driving them back, moved so as to get in their rear — J