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The Daily Dispatch: March 19, 1864., [Electronic resource], Pennsylvania campaign--second day at Gettysburg. (search)
t in the morning the troops of these brigades rested until about four o'clock, when the attack begun on the right and gradually extended around to the left. After Barksdale's brigade, of McLaws's division, had been engaged for some time, Wilcox, Wright and Perry, were ordered forward, encountering a line of the enemy, and soon putting them to rout. Still pressing forward these three brigades met with another and stronger line of the enemy, backed by twelve pieces of artillery. No pause was maeavy loss. Seeing the weakened condition of our men, another fresh line of battle was thrown forward by the enemy, but after an obstinate fight was repulsed. And now the condition of our troops became critical in the extreme. Wilcox, Perry and Wright had charged most gallantly over a distance of more than three quarters of a mile, breaking two or three of the enemy's lines of battles and capturing two or three batteries of artillery. Of course our lines were greatly thinned and our troops mu