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The news from the front is interesting, and shows that the fighting thus far has resulted to our advantage. The enemy's assaults upon our works have been repeatedly repulsed with heavy loss to him, and comparatively slight to the Confederates. Rain fell at intervals throughout Saturday, but the occasional heavy booming of artillery showed that the two armies were not entirely idle. We append such information as we have been enabled to gather since our last report.

From General Lee's Army.

The following, is General Lee's official account of the engagement on Friday morning.

Headq'rs Army Northern Va., June 2d, 1864--3.35 P. M.
Hon. Secretary of War
About 4½ A. M. to-day, the enemy made an attack upon the right of our line. In front of General Hoke and part of General Breckenridge's line he was repulsed without difficulty.

He succeeded in penetrating a salient in General Breckenridge's line and captured a portion of the battalion there posted.

Gen Finnegan's brigade, of Mahone's division, and the Maryland battalion, of Breckenridge's command, immediately drove the enemy out with severe loss.

Repeated attacks were made upon Gen Anderson's position, chiefly against his right, under Gen. Kershaw. They were met with great steadiness, and repulsed in every instance.

The attack extended to our extreme left, under Gen Early, with like results. Later in the day it was twice renewed against Gen Heth, who occupied Early's left, but was repulsed with loss.

Gen. Hampton encountered the enemy's cavalry near Hawes's shop, and a part of Gen Wm. H. F. Lee's division drove them from their entrenchments.

Our loss to-day has been small, and our success, under the blessing of God, all that we could expect.


R. E. Lee, General.

In the above dispatch Gen. Lee makes invariable mention of a gallant command to whom proper credit has not heretofore been given — the Maryland battalion. We the informed that their charge, in conjunction with the Floridians, was irresistible.

In the accounts published on Saturday the mention of the heavy fighting on Kershaw's front failed to convey a correct idea of the part taken by Law's, Anderson's, and Gregg's brigades, of Field's division, in repelling the repeated and determined assaults of the enemy in Friday's battle.--These troops, although on Gen. Kershaw's line, were occupying the trenches at the time the attack was made, and to them great credit is due for the steadiness with which they repulsed every assault. Gen. Kershaw's troops supported and assisted these brigades, and their aid was invaluable, but the attack was directed against Law, Anderson, and Gregg.

In the close of our report on Saturday an allusion was made to heavy firing late on Friday evening, and the opinion expressed that it was a renewal of the assault by the enemy upon our lines. This proved to be correct, and the result is given in the following official dispatch from Gen. Lee:

Headq'rs Army of Northern Va., June 4, 1864, 8:30 P. M.
Hon. Secretary of War:
Last night, after the date of my dispatch, Gens. Breckinridge and Finnegan were attacked by the enemy as they were preparing to be establish, their skirmish line. The enemy was soon repulsed. Immediately afterwards an attack was made upon Gen Hoke's front, with a like result.

Up to the time of writing, nothing has occurred along the lines to-day, except skirmishing at various points.

The position of the army is substantially unchanged.


R. E. Lee, General.

In the fight on Friday night Gen. Breckinridge had a narrow escape. His horse was shot under him, and himself somewhat bruised by the fall of the animal; but his injuries are not of such a character as to compel a relinquishment of his active duties in the field.

Among our killed on Saturday we regret to have to announce the name of Captain Edward S. McCarthy, of the 1st Richmond Howitzers. Having boldly mounted the breastworks to direct the fire of his battery, he was shot through the head by a sharp shooter, and instantly killed. Capt. McCarthy has been in the service since the commencement of the war, and has commanded the 1st company of Howitzers for a period of two years. He was a brave and efficient officer.

Affairs on the lines were comparatively quiet on Saturday until a late hour in the evening, when a brisk cannonade commended, continuing until about 10 o'clock. It was currently reported yesterday that the fight was at McClellan's Bridge, on the Chickahominy, two miles southeast of Dr. Gaines's house, which would have necessitated a change in the lines; but the most intelligent report we have is that it took place on the battle ground of Cold Harbor — that the enemy made two assaults, which were easily repulsed. The opinion in official circles last night, in the absence of dispatches from headquarters, was that nothing but heavy skirmishing took place, with little loss on either side; though from the rapid firing which was heard in the city, and the accounts of persons who visited the lines yesterday, there can be no doubt that an engagement took place, as stated above.

We have it on undoubted authority that the entire losses in Gen Longstreet's corps, in the fighting around Richmond, in killed, wounded and missing, amount to only 263. This, compared with the losses of the enemy, is very small, and may be taken as a stand point from which to judge those of the whole army.

No engagement took place yesterday.--It was rumored that the enemy sent in a flag of truce asking permission to bury their dead, (which have become very offensive,) and public curiosity was somewhat excited to learn the response to the request. The whole amount of the matter is simply this: The enemy's wounded, who had lain for forty-eight hours in front of our works, waved their handkerchiefs and hats for assistance, and the Yankees who came out of the woods to render it were picked off by our sharpshooters.--Grant is too much of a bull dog to send in a flag of truce, according to the customary mode of civilized warfare, since it would be a partial acknowledgment of defeat.

The following are the casualties in the Fayette Artillery, of Richmond:

‘ On the 2d instant, Geo. A. Newton, Washington city; on the 3d instant, Peter Fritz, and on the 4th instant,--Pheaney and Thomas W. Sheed — all killed. Three are wounded, whose names were not reported.

[from our own correspondent.]

Army of Northern Virginia, Near Gaines's Mill, June 5, 1864.
Since Friday morning no engagements of any magnitude or importance have occurred between these two contending hosts, and the situation is essentially the same that it was at the close of those repeated and desperate charges. On Friday evening the enemy attacked Early's front, and also Field's, of Longstreet's corps, but were easily repulsed.

About eight o'clock on Friday night, as Hoke, Breckinridge and Mahene were moving forward in order to re-establish the picket lines, which had been temporarily deranged by the slight repulse which Breckinridge sustained on Friday morning, the enemy suspecting that we meant to attack them, also moved forward. A collision ensued. It was, however, of short duration, and the enemy speedily gave back, so that our picket lines were established as we desired.

Yesterday there was some cannonading and heavy skirmishing through the day along the lines, but it amounted to nothing.

Last night the enemy made a feeble assault upon Hoke and Finnegan, but were quickly repulsed. To day all has been unusually quiet. Grant is doubtless keeping the Sabbath holy. Our men are in fine spirits, and are being blessed with full rations and vegetable issues.

It is estimated by officers in high position that the enemy's loss is not less than 15,000 in the fights of the past week, whilst ours can scarcely reach one-fifteenth of that number.

The following promotions have just been announced: Brig Gen J B Kershaw to be Major General; Cols Bryan Grimes, James Conner, Rufus Barringer, and Jno McCausland, to be Brigadier Generals.

The following officers have been appointed to the following temporary rank: R H Anderson and Jubal A Early to be Lieutenant Generals; Wm Mahone and L. D Ramseur Major Generals; W. R Cox, T. H Toon, W. G Lewis, R. D Lilly, and — Tork, to be Brigadier Generals.

From Bottom's Bridge.

The enemy's column still remains at Bottom's Bridge, and have their artillery posted on the heights beyond. There was occasional shelling on Saturday, which, up to night, had resulted only in the wounding of one of our men.

Everything remained quiet at Bottom's Bridge yesterday. We have heard another version of the firing on Saturday, which is, that it was all from our side; that our artillery fired ten shots at a wagon camp, two of which went over, but the remaining eight caused a rapid "skedaddling" of the horses, wagoners, and wagons.

From the Southside.

The news from the south side of the James is devoid of interest. On Friday there was an occasional discharge of musketry or a field piece, which inflicted no damage upon our troops. The gunboats in the James and Appomattox continue to shell the woods at intervals, accomplishing nothing beyond the wasteful expenditure of ammunition and keeping their gunners in practice. Our soldiers have become used to this species of warfare, and it does not in the least disturb their equanimity.

Importannt from the Valley.

We have important information from the Valley of Virginia. Hunter (the successor of Sigel) has advanced as far as Port Republic, in Rockingham county, and Crook is advancing over the Warm Springs road, from the West. Hunter refuses to accept battle from General Jones until he has effected a junction with Crook. It is presumed that we have a sufficient force in that direction to render the safety of Staunton secure.

Affairs at Fredericksburg.

We learn some interesting particulars of the situation of affairs at Fredericksburg from citizens of that place who have just arrived in Richmond. During their occupation of the town the Yankees arrested sixty-eight citizens of Fredericksburg and vicinity, and sent them to Washington, whence most of them were transferred to Fort Delaware, and are now held as hostages for a number of Yankee stragglers who were picked up in the place and sent to Richmond. Ten of the number, whose names we give, were released at Washington, and have returned, viz: James H. Bradley, Thomas F. Knox, James McGuire, Counsellor Cole, Michael Ames, John G. Hurkamp, John J. Chew, George H. Peyton, W. H. Thomas, and John D. Elder.

The houses in Fredericksburg were generally occupied as hospitals, and the number of wounded is represented to have been very great; indeed, some of the citizens say there were more than they supposed could have been disabled had "all the armies in the world" been engaged. A Yankee "Christian Sanitary Commission" came from the North to assist in the care of the wounded, and among the number were Bishop Mcllvaine, and other leading ministers of various denominations. Notwithstanding their Christian professions, these men were the most unscrupulous, Godforsaken set that has cursed a Southern community since the war commenced; much worse, it is said, than the soldiers.--The citizens called them the "anti Christian," "insanitary," and "Satanic" Commission. Their time was chiefly occupied in persuading the negroes to desert their masters, (in which they succeeded very well, about four-fifths of those in the place having gone,) in depredating upon private property, and other acts of vandalism. They strenuously urged the burning of all the buildings, but in this they were unsuccessful. The gunboats and the railroad were constantly employed in carrying off the wounded. The steamer Jacob Bell, the last to leave, took her departure on Saturday evening week, on which day the town was evacuated.

The Yankees brought with them but few supplies, and subsisted chiefly by plundering the citizens, all of whose private stores were taken, leaving them in a state of extreme destitution. Even the relief fund supplies, consisting of flour, corn meal, and other provisions, were taken, not withstanding an urgent appeal that they might be spared for the destitute. A few of the inhabitants, seeing starvation staring them in the face, went over to the enemy's country for relief; but whether they succeeded in getting assistance there or not is unknown.

The shelving and counters of unoccupied stores were taken to make coffins for the dead and fixtures for the wounded. Mr. John Howison's house was sacked, the furniture destroyed, and the barn burnt. The interior of Ficklin's mill was rendered a perfect week, and Howison's mill much damaged. Indeed, the work of wanton destruction was very general, and much of it was performed under the Satanic councils of the "Christian Sanitary Commission."

It was stated by Yankee officers in conversation, which was overheard by citizens, that Grant's losses in Spotsylvania, since the opening of the campaign, would probably reach 75,000 or 80,000.

Stafford, Culpeper and Fauquier counties, it is reported, are full of Yankee deserters and stragglers. The crops in Stafford have not been much injured, the enemy having confined their operations to the immediate vicinity of the railroad.

Successful Naval Exploit near Savannah.

The following dispatch was received at the Navy Department on Saturday morning:

Savannah, Ga, June 3, 1864
Hon. S. R Mallory, Secretary of the Navy.
I have the honor to report that an expedition from my command, under Lieut T P Pelot, C S Navy, last night carried by boarding the U S steamer Water Witch, near Ossabau Sound, after a hard fight. Our loss is the gallant Lieut Pelot, Moses Dallas, colored pilot, and three men killed, and from ten to twelve wounded.

I will telegraph you more in detail at the earliest moment.

I am, very respectfully,

W. W. Hunter, Flag Officer.

The Water Witch figured somewhat conspicuously in the Paraguay expedition, some years before the war. The following official dispatch shows the strength of her armament and the number of prisoners taken with the vessel:

Savannah, June 4, 1864.
To Hon. S. R. Mallory, Sec. Navy:
The prize steamer Water Witch is now anchored safely under Beulien battery, on Vernon river. The Water Witch mounts four guns, viz: two 12 pounder Dahlgren howitzers in broadside, one 30 pounder rifled gun forward, and one 12 pounder rifled brass gun aft. The prize was commanded by Lieut commanding Austin Pendergrast, United States Navy, who, with all his officers and crew, 77 men, are in prison at Savannah and in the naval hospital. Our loss in killed is Lieut. Pelot and four men. In wounded, three officers and twelve men. The enemy lost two killed and twelve wounded. I will report further by letter.

I am, very respectfully,

W W Hunter, Flag Officer.

Lieut. Pendergrast, who commanded the Water Witch, is a son of old Capt. Pendergrast, (now dead,) of the United States Navy, and a Kentuckian by birth. Vernon river, we believe, flows from the Savannah, near its mouth, into Warsaw Sound.

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