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, north of the James, held by Gen. Wild with two Black regiments, had already been summoned and charged
May 24. by Fitz-Hugh Lee's cavalry, who, after a fight of some hours, were beaten off with loss: and now Gen. Gillmore, with 3,500 men, was thy by steamboat via White House, against Petersburg as quickly as possible; it being known that A. P. Hill, with the van of Lee's army, was already on the south front of Richmond.
Smith moved out accordingly, crossing the Appomattox by a pontoon-briign.
Before morning, there was a very different sort of enemy in his front from that he had beaten yesterday — the van of Lee's iron-sided veterans, who did not comprehend how formidable intrenchments and batteries could be lost when assailed only y postponed.
During the 16th, Warren and Burnside came up, with the greater part of the Army of the Potomac; but so did Lee, with most of the Army of Virginia.
Smith held our right, touching the Appomattox; Hancock, Burnside and Warren reaching