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battle commenced at daylight. A furious cannonading was opened from the enemy's batteries in town and along both banks of the river. Two assaults were made upon Marye's heights, but both were signally repulsed. About 8 o'clock a heavy column of the enemy was seen moving up the river, evidently for the purpose of getting possesst was utterly impossible for either Gen. Wilcox or Gen. Hays to reach the scene of action in time to afford any assistance whatever. It will thus be seen that Marye's hill was defended by but one small regiment, three companies and four pieces of artillery, and not by the entire brigade. A more heroic struggle was never made hold the day before. I would scorn to detract from the well-earned reputation of this brigade and its gallant commander; but the truth is, the enemy had abandoned Marye's heights, and Gen. Gordon took possession without opposition. My brigade needs no defence at my hands. Its reputation, won upon many battle-fields, is well