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[254] Good heavens! where did they come from? Such were my thoughts as we pressed our way through their centre. We were marched back some two or more miles to Provost Marshal General Patrick's headquarters, and there I met with a young man, a lieutenant on General Patrick's staff, who, saluting me, said: ‘Well, General, we got a few of you this morning.’ I replied, ‘Yes; but, as the Yankee said when selling his razor strops, there are plenty more of the same sort left.’ He remarked again, rather boastingly, ‘We charged you with but 45,000 this morning.’

I suppose he alluded to the assaulting column, that had nearly passed over our works before I left, for I am quite sure there were at least 100,000 in the column through which I passed in crossing the plateau in front of Jones' and the Louisiana brigades, described by General Walker.

D. W. Anderson, Major Forty-fourth Virginia Regiment, Jones' Brigade, Johnson's Division. Scottsville, Albemarle county, Va.

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