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ances, halts soon, but comes no more back.
The left is not overpowered yet. We have had two hours of exceedingly severe artillery and musketry fighting.
The enemy still holds a little of the ground we had, but the chances seem almost even.
One phase — a type of many.
I cannot trace the movements further in detail; let me give one phase of the fight, fit type of many more.
Some Massachusetts batteries--Captain Bigelow's, Captain Phillips's, two or three more under Captain McGilvry of Maine--were planted on the extreme left, advanced now well down to the Emmetsburgh road, with infantry in their front — the first division, I think, of Sickles's corps.
A little after five, a fierce rebel charge drove back the infantry and menaced the batteries.
Orders are sent to Bigelow on the extreme left, to hold his position at every hazard short of sheer annihilation, till a couple more batteries can be brought to his support.
Reserving his fire a little, then with depressed guns opening