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May 7th

During the morning there is occasional skirmishing on our lines, which are rectified and connected. At eleven o'clock P. M. we take up the line of march for Spotsylvania Courthouse, in a shady grove, where we rest an hour at dawn on the 8th, Kershaw leading. We find Fitz. Lee hotly engaged on the Todd's Tavern and Spottsylvania Courthouse road. We arrive in time to relieve him but not to save the Courthouse, which is, however, afterwards occupied by us, the enemy being driven out. Kershaw's and Humphreys' brigades are turned off rapidly to the left of the road, and, occupying some cover left by our cavalry, repulse the enemy with great slaughter. Wofford's and Bryan's brigades are sent against the Courthouse by a detour, and finally occupy it. During the fight with the two first named brigades, Haskell's battalion is sharply engaged and does good work. The enemy's forces comprise the Fifth corps (Warren's). Ewell's corps arrives in the afternoon, and the enemy makes another attack on our position with their Sixth corps, which is also repulsed, Rodes' division being thrown on Kershaw's right and relieving the attack. Commanding-General arrives with Ewell.

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