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ful day. Between four and five o'clock, Gen. Kearney, with all his characteristic gallantry, arrived on the ground at the head of his division, and after having secured their positions, my division was withdrawn from the contest, and held as a reserve until dark, when the battle ended, after a prolonged and severe conflict against three times my number, directed by the most accomplished General of the rebel army, Major-Gen. J. E. Johnston, assisted by Gens. Longstreet, Pryor, Gohlson and Pickett, with commands selected from the best troops in their army. The list of killed and wounded attests the character of the contest. The killed of the enemy must have been double my own; of the wounded we cannot estimate. Eight hundred were left in hospitals at Williamsburgh, and others were distributed among the private houses in the city, while all the available tenement, in the vicinity of the field of battle are filled with them. Three hundred prisoners were taken. I have omitted t
side of the river. On the morning of the first of June, the enemy attacked the brigade of Gen. Pickett, which was supported by that of General Pryor. The attack was vigorously repelled by these two brigades, the brunt of the fight falling on General Pickett. This was the last demonstration made by the enemy. Our troops employed the residue of the day in securing and bearing off the captuveral wounded by this fire. Then came the general attack, very hot on the centre and right. Gen. Pickett was on Pryor's left, Wilcox on the right. Pryor's brigade stood well up to the enemy, and dint of its strength — literally decimated, principally in the Sixth and Fourteenth Alabama. Gen. Pickett's brigade sustained the shock of the enemy's attack up to near eleven o'clock, when Mahone came on to the field. Pickett's brigade, (the third of Longstreet's division,) composed of the Eighteenth, Nineteenth, and Twenty-eighth Virginia regiments, was early in the fight of Saturday, and did