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en in or captured our pickets on the left of the line of the infantry of the army, the enemy charged across Cedar creek at the ford, and very soon after on the bridge over said stream, and reached the side of the hill and breastworks occupied by Thorburn's division, of the Eighth army corp — Crook's. The rebels hesitated not, but pressed on, as a dashing cataract, over all barriers, completely surprising, and in a measure stampeding, the left of General Sheridan's line. By this success the enemffering. Many of them were taken prisoners, but by far the greater portion got away, and with their arms. The other division of Crook's corps, which was allowed some time to form, did so, and was soon joined in line by the remaining portion of Thorburn's division. All this while the enemy kept pressing on and pouring in upon our men a rapid and murderous fire — a fire from musketry as also from artillery posted upon the bills on the opposite side of Cedar creek. Having directed a column