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Hand-to-hand fighting at Spotsylvania. by G. Norton Galloway. General Hancock's surprise and capture of the larger portion of Edward Johnson's division, and the capture of the salient at Spotsylvania Court House on the 12th of May, 1864, accomplished with the Second Corps, have been regarded as one of the most brilliant feats of that brilliant soldier's career; but without the substantial assistance of General Wright, grand old John Sedgwick's worthy successor, and the Sixth Corps, a defeat as bitter as his victory was sweet would have been recorded against the hero of that day. The storm which had set in early in the afternoon of the 11th of May continued with great severity, and but little rest was obtained during the night. Soon after dark, however, a remarkable change in the weather took place, and it became raw and disagreeable; the men gathered in small groups about half-drowned fires, with their tents stretched about their shoulders, while some hastily pitched the canva