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g of the mail for Richmond to give some particulars of the fight at Manassas Gap, on the afternoon of the 23d, the day we left Winchester. Generals Longstreet and Hill preceded Gen. Ewell, and passing through Chester's Gap, in the Blue Ridge, Wright's brigade, of Anderson's division, was detached by Gen. Hill, and left to guard tGen. Hill, and left to guard the pass until Gen Ewell, who was in the rear, should have sufficient time to come up, cross the river at Front Royal, proceed without interruption down the Valley and cross the mountains at a point lower down. Not long after the departure of the corps of Hill and Longstreet, the Yankees, estimated by some at one or two corps, advaHill and Longstreet, the Yankees, estimated by some at one or two corps, advanced from the direction of Centreville and Manassas, with the purpose of taking possession of the Gaps near Front Royal and prevent the "escape" of that portion of our army that had not attained the Eastern side of the mountains. Thursday morning they advanced to Manassas Gap, proceeded by cavalry, who attacked Gen. Wright's brig
al Lee and his escort passed by in the direction of Cashtown and Gettysburg. He seemed to snuff the battle in the breeze, and for the first time it occurred to me that the enemy was approaching our lines. In a few minutes Anderson's division, of Hill's corps, marched down the same road, followed an hour or two later by Johnson's division, of Ewell's corps, which had retraced its steps from Shippensburg. In the course of the morning orders came for Longstreet's corps, except Pickett's division was, would have been beaten. No effort was made to turn his right wing, which rested upon open and less difficult ground. On the 3d, Pickett's division of Longstreet's corps, (which had come up the evening before,) supported by a portion of Hill's corps, was ordered to assault Cemetery Hill, near the centre, believed to be the key to the position of the enemy. The was executed in gallant style, and some of the batteries on the hill were carried; but his success was temporary, though pur