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Army of the Potomac, June 1--P. M.
Like two gladiators, each bent on the destruction of his antagonist, and each watching with wary eye for a chance to grapple with and crush his foe, so stand the opposing armies this morning. How perfect they have become in the art of war! How gracefully and skilfully each parries the thrust of his opponent! How savagely they glare on each other, and yet how coolly and artfully they seek weak places, and then strike with the rapidity of lightning!

Evening.--A desperate fight took place this afternoon near Cold Harbor. Wright has been heard from. He formed a junction with Smith at Cold Harbor, when both corps attacked the enemy's right. The battle commenced at five P. M. and continued until after dark. Wright is said to have captured and held the enemy's advanced works, but Smith was not so fortunate. His men fought with great spirit, and captured a line of rifle-pits on the enemy's front, but they could not hold them. Hancock, Burnside, and Warren held their corps in readiness to attack along the line if necessary. The enemy made several attempts to force a general engagement, but did not succeed. Each of the above corps was attacked in turn, while Wright was fighting on the left, but each attack was successfully repulsed. The enemy is not driven from his position on our left. He yet holds his strongest works, and I think he will prove very troublesome there. The casualties are said to be very numerous, and Wright has taken a large number of prisoners.

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