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Spottsylvania Court House.

enemy's works, surprising and overwhelming the Rebels in their trenches, and capturing Johnson, with most of his division; also Brig.-Gen. Geo. H. Stewart1 and part of two brigades; also 30 guns. The number of prisoners secured and sent to the rear was over 3,000.

Hancock wrote in pencil to Grant: “I have captured from 30 to 40 guns. I have finished up Johnson, and am going into Early.” He had in fact, though he did not know it, all but captured Lee himself, and had nearly cut the Rebel army in two. But the surprise was now over, and the rally of the Rebels was prompt and vigorous. Their case was desperate — for defeat now was annihilation-and they fought with invincible ardor and resolution. Grant had fully prepared for the emergency; Wright's (6th) corps hurried up to the aid of Hancock, and Warren and Burnside charged promptly and bravely on our right; but the enemy's position here was so strong that he held it and at the same time dispatched aid to his endangered right. Charge followed charge in quick succession, and the mutual carnage was fearful. Seeing that no impression was made by our attacks along the enemy's unshaken front, they were intermitted, while Cutler's

1 Stewart was an old army friend of Hancock, who, when the former was brought before him as a prisoner, held out his hand, cordially inquiring, “How are you, Stewart?” The latter haughtily replied, “I am Gen. Stewart, of the Confederate Army, and, under the circumstances, I decline to take your hand.” “And under any other circumstances. General, I should not have offered it,” was the prompt and fit response of the victor.

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