The fight at Petersburg, Saturday.
[correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.]
This morning, at day break, Gordon
's division charged the works of the enemy, and at 6 o'clock had captured their main line of works for a considerable distance.
One of their strongest batteries, nearly opposite to the Blandford Cemetery
, had, at that hour, been captured, and the guns turned upon the enemy.
I have seen about two hundred prisoners. Many others have gone in on other roads.
They state that it was a perfect surprise; that they had no idea of an attack, and that they had no troops except the Ninth corps (Burnside
's) on this side of the Appomattox
The works were first carried by the sharpshooters of Gordon
Just before advancing, General Gordon
made them quite an encouraging speech, promising to reward them faithfully if successful, and calling strongly upon their feeling of patriotism.
A complete Yankee trick was played upon them in the first charge.
Our men, for once, made capital of that disgraceful practice which has, of late, been but too common in our army — that of deserting.
Ordered were given to the sharpshooters to advance with their guns at a trail, and as much concealed as possible.
When in view of the picket line, they cried out, "Don't shoot; don't shoot."
"You need not be afraid; we won't shoot; come on, Johnny — come on, we are glad to see you," the Yankees
And they did go on, and were in the picket line before the trick was discovered.
Scarcely a gun was fired until we moved on to the second line.
We captured two forts in the morning charge--one of which is that from which the city has suffered most severely.
The firing has ceased.
All is once more quiet.
The troops have returned to camp.
The affair did not prove so favorable as at first augured.
The enemy enfiladed us from right and left, in the captured works, to such an extent that we could no longer hold them without the loss of many men, and they were, consequently, ordered back to their original lines.
was on the field, and conducted the whole affair.
I regret to mention the following casualties in this division:
, of Georgia
, flesh wound in arm; Colonel Baker
, Thirteenth Georgia regiment, in leg; Major Jesse Richardson
, Forty-second Virginia regiment, in leg; Major Jesse Richardson
, Forty-second Virginia regiment, in leg, severely; Captain Jordan
, of Richmond
, company F, Twenty-first Virginia regiment, in face; Captain J. Hays
, Twenty-first Virginia regiment, in ankle, slight; Captain Bedingfield
, Sixtieth Georgia regiment, severely, supposed mortally; Adjutant McFarlane
, Sixtieth Georgia regiment, in bowels, severely; Captain Draper
, Forty-eight Virginia
regiment, in shoulder; Lieutenant Fleenos
, Forty-eighth Virginia regiment, severely.