time to make new arrangements, and ordered all the batteries to continue their fire and to direct it principally against the enemy's position in the woods before our front. Some of our troops placed in front were retiring from the woods, but as the enemy — held in check by the artillery in the centre — did not venture to follow, and as at this moment new regiments of General Hooker's command arrived and were ordered forward, we maintained our position, which Generals Milroy and Schurz had occupied in the morning. During two hours, from four to six o'clock P. M., strong cannonading and musketry continued on our centre and right, where Gen. Kearny made a successful effort against the extreme left of the enemy's lines. At a quarter-past six o'clock Brig.-Gen. King's division of Major-Gen. McDowell's corps arrived behind our front and advanced on the Gainesville turnpike. I do not know the real result of this movement, but from the weakness of the enemy's cannonade and the gradually decreasing musketry in the direction of Gen. Kearny's attack, I received the impression that the enemy's resistance was broken, and that victory was on our side. And so it was. We had won the field of battle, and our army rested near their dead and wounded, who had so gloriously defended the cause of this country.
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