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ving not yet been more than two-thirds completed. The battle of Thursday on the North side. We give much of our space this morning to extracts from Yankee war correspondents describing the fights of last Thursday on the north side of James river and southwest of Petersburg. We recur to the subject here with a particular purpose.--The correspondent of the Philadelphia Inquirer gives an account of the operations of the Eighteenth corps, which, as far as regards the white divisions — Marston's and Hickman's — is more truthful than we could have expected from a Yankee; but when he comes to tell of the "Third (colored) division," (his prolix narrative concerning which we regret our space prevents us publishing) he conceals the truth by both lying and pretending ignorance. He says Weitzel, having determined to attack our works on the Williamsburg road, sent the Third (colored) division across the York River railroad to the Nine-Mile road with orders to turn our extreme left; that
d in the opinion that dismounted cavalry only was holding the works in our front; and that an attempt to carry the position was possible. General Weitzel, therefore, ordered a brigade from each of his two white divisions to make an attack. General Marston's division formed on the right, with its left on the road, and General Hockman's took position on the left. The second brigade of Marston's division; under Colonel Cullen, of the Ninety-sixth New York, and Colonel Fairchild's brigade, of HoMarston's division; under Colonel Cullen, of the Ninety-sixth New York, and Colonel Fairchild's brigade, of Hockman's division, were selected for the assault; and no time was lost in getting them into position and starting in the charge, which they did at about half-past 2 P. M. A single gun had been opened on us by the enemy on the advance of our skirmish line, and not another piece gave taken of its presence until the charge was made. Then, when our assaulting columns were half way to their works, their artillery opened from two or three different points, pouring into our ranks a cross-fire