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of defence having nailed for rest, in the open ground back of Williamsburg, gave the Yankee advance an opportunity of coming up with the rear guard, consisting of Gen. Sims's Georgia and Gen. Griffin's Mississippi brigades, to which was attached Manly's North Carolina battery. The enemy did not appear in any force from under their cover of woods until one rear guard had either open ground and re and were marching through Williamsburg at which time a courier brought word to Gen. McLaws that thured it. Then commenced a race — artillery, cavalry, infantry, had to run the "gunnel" of the rifle battery fire for one and a half miles to seize a work from whom the Yankees were only distant a quarter of a mile; but our forces did it nobly Captain Manly brought his battery into action in splendid style, halted and fired five rounds to delay the enemy's advance and give our infantry time to come up, and then limbered up his guns and made a dash for the redoubt, which he succeeded in entering