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The Daily Dispatch: May 19, 1864., [Electronic resource] 12 0 Browse Search
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ces, who began to move about 3 A. M of Sunday morning. About 10 o'clock Gen. Lee advanced skirmishers along the enemy's entire lines at the Wilderness, and found their breastworks abandoned and their rear protected by a rear guard of cavalry. Our forces were immediately moved forward, and the whole passed rapidly from the turnpike and plank roads on towards the Catharpin road, by which our whole line passed on towards Spotsylvania Court House. Early in the morning of this day (Sunday) Fliz Lee, with his cavalry division, had engaged them, and was fighting them with unsurpassed bravery and desperate earnestness, and was being forced back by much superior numbers of the enemy's infantry. As they were retiring upon Spotsylvania Court House, and whilst engaging in desperate fight with the 5th Yankee corps, Wofford's and Bryan's brigades, of McLaws's division having opportunely arrived, engaged the enemy in front of Spotsylvania Court House, and Kershaw's South Carolina brigade and H
hat Grant had crossed the Rapidan below, at Germanna and Ely's Fords, and was endeavoring to turn Lee's right flanks, I took hers and pushed on to the point to which both armies seemed to be approaching. The moment Gen. Lee ascertained that Grant had really his base at Culpeper, Hill's and Ewell's corps were withdrawn from their post. Plank on the Rapidan and ordered to advance upon the enemy'creen between himself and the Confederates, and thus both protect and conceal his movements. But Lee was not slow in penetrating his designs, and immediately sprung upon his flank like a tiger upon nd especially on our right, which he showed a disposition to turn, and thus place himself between Lee's army and Richmond, but in every instance he was repulsed with heavy loss. He was persistent, hHill and Ewell, and was not aware the battle had commenced until the receipt of a dispatch from Gen. Lee at midnight, ordering him to come over to the plank road to the assistance of Hill. His corps