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Howison house — thus making the only disposition of the small force at my command, which, in my judgment, would prevent the enemy from passing the line. The 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 possession of Taylor's bill, which, if successful, would have given him command of the position which I held. But this was prevented by the timely arrival of Gen. Hays with four regiments of his brigade. The enemy having thus been foiled in his purpose, turned the head of his column down the river again; but it was impossible to tell whether he had abandoned the attempt or intended to advance again upon the same position with a still heavier force. Gen. Wilcox had now reached Taylor's hill with three regiment
Thirty dollars reward --Will be paid for the apprehension and delivery at Marine Camp, Drewry's Bluff, of private Thomas Brennon, deserter from C. S. Marine Corps. He is 27 years of age, 5 feet 9 inches high, fair complexion, blue eyes, light hair, born in Castletown, Ireland, and by occupation a soldier. A. S. Taylor, Maj and Q M O S M C. my 21--6t