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the rest of the army — the First, Second, Fifth, and Twelfth Corps, only parts of some of these corps being engaged.
Lee then turned upon Sedgwick, who was advancing from Fredericksburg, and drove him across the Rappahannock.
This was on the 5th of May, and the same night the whole army recrossed the river, the Fifth Corps, under General Meade, covering the retreat.
In this battle Lee had sixty thousand men, Longstreet's Corps having been sent to operate south of the James river; Hooker had nd men. And yet, with this great preponderance of strength, we assaulted the enemy again and again, in positions not so strong as the one held at Williamsport, always without success and with terrible loss.
From the crossing of the Rapidan, on May 5th, to the unsuccessful assault on the enemy's works at Petersburg, June 18th, a period of about six weeks, the Army of the Potomac lost not less than seventy thousand men. In the battles between the Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Vir