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THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG

A detailed account of the battle of Gettysburg has been received. On Wednesday, General Reynolds, commanding the first corps of our army, attacked the rebel Division of Gen. Ewell, west of the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The rebels took up a postion on rising ground west of town. Reynolds, somewhat hastily, and before his line of battle was perfectly formed, crossed the intervening valley and attacked the rebels. Our forces were driven back, closely pursued by the rebels, who expected to convert the retreat into a rout. On gaining ground formerly occupied by our troops, the right of one of our divisins rallied and got in the rear of General Archer’s brigage, which was closely pressing the centre of our retreating forces.

By this movement, Archer, his Staff, and the forces under him were captured, numbering in the aggregate fifteen hundred men. These prisoners have been sent to Baltimore and Washington. The 14th Regiment of Brooklyn, the 6th Wisconsin, and the 95th New York claim credit of the highly creditable act.

Reynolds succeeded in maintaining his old position and again prepared to attack the foe. Our forces again crossed the valley which separated the two armies, and gained a hill on the othe side, losing heavily however. Skirmishers were thrown out; General Reynolds, while reconnoitering in person, was struck with a musket ball in the back of the neck, and, according to some accounts, was killed instantly. Another erport has it that he concealed the character of his wound from his men, made his way to the rear, where he died in a few minutes.

After the fight had continued for an hour and a half, the Eleventh Corps’ opportunity arrived, and its commander, General Howard, took command of our forces. General Hill’s divisions, about the same time, came to Ewell’s assistance. Artillery was opened on both sides and some of the rebel shells fell within the town, doing some damage. Twice they were driven back, but the third time our forces retired before them; the First Corps passed through the town, leaving the Eleventh Corps bear the brunt of the contest.

This is the devision of our Army whose conduct at Chancellorsville was so severely censured. On this occasion they are said to have redeemed their reputation. They lost, it is said, 3,000 men. The rebels occupied the town but did not push their success further. Gen. Reynolds is censured by some of the newspaper correspondents for forcing an enagement which, if postponed until Howard’s Corps had arrived, might have resulted differently.

Our entire loss is estimated at five thousand and includes several officers. Gen. Longstreet’s division shortly after came up. The main portion of the rebel army concentrated five miles from Gettysburg, and our forces were preparing to give them a battle. Gen. Sedgwick, it is said, has taken up a position in the rear, that the full fruition of a victory, if we secure one, may be obtained.

The rebel loss in the battle of Gettysburg does not fall short of ours. The rumor that 6,000 prisoners have been captured is based, we presume, on the fact that we took Archer’s entire brigade, which it appears, was composed of but fifteen hundred men.

The great battle between the two armies is now going on. The safety of Washington, of Baltimore and of Philadelphia hangs on the result. We would be false to our duty if we did not warn our people to prepare for the worst, while hoping for the best.
Brooklyn Daily Eagle, July 3, 1863


The Death of General Reynolds

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