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tion; but Gen. Taliaferro, with the cool courage for witch he is distinguished, made a close personal reconnaissance, and soon had measures perfected for driving them from the work. In the melee which followed the final arrangements of the General most of the prisoners were captured whom we have in hand. --Many escaped over the sides of the battery, but others preferred a voluntary surrender to the risk of being shot in the back. Both the Federal land batteries and our own — Sumter and Gregg — were firing at intervals during the engagement, and during the retreat the latter greatly facilitated the "change of base" The fight lasted from 8 until 11 P. M., and was of a desperate character throughout. The enemy's losses were very heavy. His killed and wounded must have been at least 1,500. The number of his dead left on the field and buried by us yesterday exceeded 600. Two hundred and thirty one of their wounded were in the city last night, including several negroes. Ou