Sunday night left the opposing forces on the Southside of James river in the same relative positions they had occupied for two days, but there was a decided impression upon the public mind that a general engagement would occur yesterday, and in this was no disappointment. Desultory Brag continued through the night, and about five o'clock on yesterday morning the commenced in earnest. The attack was by our forces, and among the brigades engaged were Gracey's, Kemper's, Johnson's, Barton's, Corse's, and Ransom's. It is stated that after the battle commenced, our men allowed the enemy to get possession of a fortification, when a fight took piece, almost hand-to-hand, the opposing being at times within ten yards of each other, and almost blinded by the dense smoke of the musketry. The result was that the enemy were driven some distance, who heavy loss in killed, wounded, and prisoners. At an early hour in the morning the following official dispatch was received from Gen. Beauregard, commanding the forces on the Southside.
Gen. the enemy's fight flank this morning and is driving him towards our hold still on the fight, and are the enemy back in front of our and capturing some artilleries. stormed the breast works, that four stand of colors and about three prisoners, losses, on the whole, appear not to be heavy.
It appeared afterwards, however, that the number of prisoners captured was much greater than stated by Gen. Beauregard.--About a thousand were received at the Libby yesterday, including the following commissioned officers: Brig Gen Heckman, 1st brigade, 2d division, 10th corps; Col H C Lee, Lieut Col W G Bartholomew, Capt J H Nutting, Capt R. R Swift, 2d Lieut W. T. Davis, 2d Lieut Justin 1st Lieut and Adj't T W McMns; Lieut John H Ladd, 1st Lieut J L. Skinner, 20th Mass; Capt Edgar Kissum, 2d George Peters, 3d Lieut J M Drake, Jersey, Capt R A Willia, 8th Maine regiment, 2d Lieut S P. Hodges, 12th N Y regiment, Capt James Belger, 1st Rhode Island artillery, Capt J E Lewis and Capt H McRonald, 11th Pa; Col Richard White, Capt D W Fox, 55th Pa; Captain Henry Bichel, 6th Connecticut regiment, Captain H Jenkins, Jr, 40th Massachusetts regiment, Captain D Stone, Capt Jas H Pierce, 1st Lt and Adj't John regt 1st Lt M P Pierson, 10th N Y; 2d Lt Jas H Pitt, 118th N Y; 2d 7th Conn; Captain H M Phillips, 39th Mass; Lt, Col F T Barnett, 1st Lt and Adj't Jas Gottshell, 2d Lt Pat O'Connell, 1st Lt and Adj't P H Lay, 2d Lt H , 117th N Y. These prisoners represent fifteen regiments besides Brig. Gen. Heckman, who has figured quite conspicuously in the campaign on the Southside. The Col. White, mentioned above, is a brother of the White of the Pennsylvania Legislature, who was for some time a prisoner in our hands. It was confidently stated by our wounded men that we had killed or captured an entire brigade, and it was reported yesterday evening that a large number of prisoners were on the Richmond by the country road. The fight commenced on our left, below Drewry's Bluff, on James river, and extended with more or less severity along the whole line. The enemy's line extended to the vicinity of Drewry's Bluff, leaving but a small space between their right flank and the river. Their right flank was turned by a force under Gen. Ransom, and they were driven towards their centre with considerable loss. The bring could be distinctly heard from the city and was the occasion of considerable excitement. As the favorable accounts came in however, everybody seemed satisfied, and a large proportion of our non tants repaired to Rocketts to attend upon our wounded as they arrived by the boats. The firing ceased between three and four o'clock, the advantage remaining decidedly with our troops. We have many rumors from the battle field which we do not deem necessary to mention. It was, however, reported last evening that our forces had Gen Gilmore's corps cut off from the gunboats, with every prospect of their capture. We have heard our own Jossea on yesterday estimated at one hundred and fifty killed and a thousand wounded. A considerable proportion of those brought in had received light wounds. Altogether, the situation on the Southside is decidedly favorable, and Butler must look to his laurels. Indeed, it is not believed, that this redoubtable individual is in any position of danger, but either on board a gunboat or on the way to Fortress Monroe. Most of the prisoners brought in yesterday were genuine Yankees; but there were some few Dutchmen among them, who speak a word of English.
The casualties in Kemper's Brigade.The following is a partial list of the casualties in Kemper's brigade, in the fight of yesterday.
1st Va. Regiment.Killed: Serg't J W Wynne, Corporal Jno A Via, co H; privates J Toomey, co E; A Figher, co I; R Walthall, co G; A Goven, co D. Wounded: Private W W Turner, co D, , slight; Corp'l G E Craig, co D, scalp, slight; Corp'l W A Stober, co B, chest, serious; Lieut E W Martin, co H, leg, slight; privates H S Gillespie, co C, leg, slight; H C co C, neck, severe; W H Crigger, co B, abdomen, severe; C A Wills, co I, abdomen, severe; T Harvey, co G, arm, severe; B F Garrett, co D, hand, slight; J R Daniel, co B, face, slight. Eleventh Virginia--Field and Staff: Lieut Jol K Otey, severely wounded; Capt R M Mitchell, Act'g Major, slightly do; Adj't C Tyree, severely do, Serg't Maj W A Tool, slightly do. Company A, Lieut J Kennedy comd'g, severely wounded.--Killed: Private Turner. Wounded: H Mitchell, slightly;--Stevens, do. Company B--Killed: Sgt R Slatt, B Harney. Wounded; Capt F Wharton, slightly; H W Lazenby, do; Privates A Farmer, mortally; J Dowdy, severely; A Holcombe, do; Williamson, slightly; M A Haden, severely; Sandifer, do; R Sandifer, do; E Wharton, do; Sgts J T Wells, do; W M Phillips, slightly Private C B Finch, severely. Company C, Capt W H Morgan commanding.--Killed: C Allen. J Monroe, J Depriest. Wounded: Sg't E G Gilliam, severely; Corp'l G R Crusy, do; privates B Woody, do; R W Jones, do; J E Walker, do; T Harvey, do; A Rosser, do; W Rosser, slightly. Company D, Capt James commanding.--Killed: A Fluke. Wounded: W Guspelli, slightly: N J Baker, do; C D Raider, do; W D Jones, severely G M Carper, do; J P Lemon, do; R Lemon, do; J Kelley, do; H Harris, do; G W Garp slightly. Company E, Lieut Norwell commanding.--Killed: Ro Clark, P Spilliam. Wounded: L Williamson, severely; H Gilbert, do; W P Gilbert, do; S Hurt, do; Sg't E G Williams, do. Company F, Capt Douthat commanding.--Killed: Serg't R G Kyle; private W J Trent. Wounded: Privates E Thomson, J H Gardner, R M Lucus, J T Luens, J R Burke, C B Turner, J Whitworth, C H Haley; Lieut Ragan. Company G, Capt Smith commanding.--Wounded: Lt J A Franklin, severely; Sgt A C Guy, slightly; Corp'l W H Shafer, severely; Privates W S Nelson, slightly; J J Old, do; R Kent, do; S Booths, do; J Wills, do; J Conley, do. Company K, Lieut Hardy, commanding.--Killed: Lt Hardy, Privates Isaacs and Cash. Wounded: Privates J Ray, M Painter, H Walkup, severely. Company I, Lieut Embry commanding.--Killed: Private Jessee Embry. Wounded: Corp'l O A Burnett, severely; Privates J W Allen, slightly; J T Edwards, do; C Courtney, do; S Jacobs, do; J G Kemper, severely; Sergt W M Embrey, do.
A victory in the Valley.The popular mind was rendered jubilant yesterday morning by the receipt of the dispatch from Gen. Breckinridge, which we publish elsewhere. The location of this fight is about half way between Winchester and Staunton. The battle extended over a distance of about nine miles. From the following dispatch it will be seen that the Lexington Cadets bore an important part in the contest: General Breckinridge in the fight with Sigel yesterday at New Market, and behaved splendidly. They lost five killed and fifteen wounded, to will Cadets Corbett, Jones, Crockett, McDowell, and Stanard, killed; and Cadets Carnell, Stuart, Bill, Randolph, Johnson, Dillard, Berkeley, Wise, Triplett, Marshall, Shriver, Watson, Reid, Turner and Whitson, Wounded.
News from Gen. Lee's army.The news from Gen. Lee's army is very meagre, though it is believed that nothing of much importance has occurred. The following official dispatch, though dated the 16th, was probably written by General Lee on Sunday night:
Via Guiney's Station, May 16th.
To His Excellency, President Davis: