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[429] who drove in the rebel pickets as rapidly as they were met. These being halted at intervals, our battery was again advanced, and shell, in the way of “feelers,” were distributed with a liberal hand through the woods on all sides. Finally, it being reported that the rebel troops could not be found for a distance of several miles beyond, the reconnoissance was halted for the day.

All this time the rain was falling in torrents. The soldiers were standing in mud and water up to their shoe-tops, and most, if not all of them, were drenched to the skin. The reconnoissance was admirably conducted by General Naglee, and the movements were made by him with the greatest precaution.

The point now held by our troops is of the greatest importance to us, and the manner in which it was secured reflects much credit upon all who participated in the action of to-day. The Ninety-third Pennsylvania regiment, Col. McCarter, was on the ground during the fight, acting as a portion of the reserve.

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