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The Daily Dispatch: September 23, 1862., [Electronic resource], A heart dislocated on the battle-field. (search)
ys that our army slept on the field Wednesday night, fully expecting, and fully prepared to attack the enemy next morning; but when morning came he was nowhere to be seen. He had abandoned all his positions and left for parts unknown. Not a man was to be seen. Scouts sent out in various directions, were unable to procure any tidings of him — The woods were shelled in all directions, but without any effect. It was evident, then, that he had gone off, in the night. Had either sneaked off Berkley fashion, or had with drawn to operate on some other portion of our line. Gen. Lee believed he had passed his flank, to make a movement on Harper's Ferry and get in his rear. He resolved to anticipate him. He therefore fell back to a position on this side of the river, where he is prepared to thwart any movement he may attempt to make Surely, there is nothing like a cheek, tar less a defeat, in all this. On the contrary, it is evident that we ware victorious on Wednesday. We acted on the