one--so strong, indeed, that I hope Gen Lee will be able to give him battle upon some other field.
A reconnaissance was made yesterday afternoon to ascertain the true position of the enemy's left wing.
Pegrant's brigade, commanded by Col Edwin Willis, of the 12th Georgia, alone was engaged.
A sharp combat ensued, in the course of which it became necessary to charge upon one of the enemy's batteries, with a view to its capture.
The brigade behaved handsomely, and was gallantly led, but unfortunately Col Willis received a mortal wound in the groin from a grape shot, froth whish he died this afternoon about 2 o'clock. He was one to the best and bravest officers Georgia has ever sent to the field, and one of the most promising, morally and intellectually.
He graduated a short time before the war broke out at West Point, and served some time with General Jackson, who was so much impressed by his merits that he recommended him for the appointment of Brigadier General.