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Chapter 42: Petersburg. The fierce concerted assault by the Federals death of A. P. Hill General Lee announces to Richmond authorities that he must retreat reception of the news by President Davis at Church service Federals take forts Gregg and Whitworth the retreat harassed by continuous fighting Longstreet saves high Bridge, a vital point Ewell and others compelled to surrender General Mahone's account of interesting scenes magnitude of the disaster-is the army dissolving? General Reed mortally wounded panic occurs, but order is restored General Gregg and part of his cavalry command captured by Rosser and Mumford. The darkness of night still covered us when we crossed over James River by the pontoon bridge, but before long land and water batteries lifted their bombs over their lazy curves, screaming shells came through the freighted night to light our ride, and signal sky-rockets gave momentary illumination. Our noble beasts peered through the loaded ai