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Terrific fight at Manassas!Yesterday was a day long to be remembered in the annals of Richmond. During the whole afternoon groups could be seen gathered around the newspaper offices and the hotels, anxiously inquiring whether any news had been received from the scene of expected conflict: Towards the hour at which the Central cars generally arrived, crowds could be seen wending their way to the depot, expecting that news would be received from passengers from the neighborhood of the engagement. On inquiry, we a certained that when the cars left Manassas, (7 o'clock, A. M.,) heavy firing was heard in the vicinity of Bull's Run, about three miles from that place, and where the battle of Thursday occurred. Our informant could not distinguish anything like the report of cannon, and therefore concluded the fight was confined principally to skirmishers. Before the train reached this city, however, information had reached them at Gordonsville that the engagement had become general, and that a terrific battle was progressing. Private dispatches of the most reliable character were received at a late hour in the evening, informing us that the attack was made by our forces about four o'clock, in consequence of an attempt of the enemy to throw up breastworks under the disguise of burying their lead. In the general engagement President Davis led the centre, Gen. Beauregard the right wing, and Gen. Johnston the left wing of our army. The Lincoln army was completely routed. Hampton's Legion suffered considerable loss. Sherman's celebrated Battery of Light Artillery was taken by our troops. The fight was very severe and fatal on both sides. Among the prominent officers who are reported to have been killed are Col. Bartow, of Georgia; Gen. Ber, of South Carolina, Gen. Kiery Smith, and Col. Johnson, of the Hampton Legion. The following dispatch was received by Mrs. President Davis late last evening: ‘"We have won a glorious but dear bought victory — the night closed with the enemy in full fight, pursued by our troops."’ ‘"Jeff. Davis."’ The reader is referred to our telegraph column for intelligence from the scene of action.
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