Pro-Union account of the Battle of Gettysburg

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Pro-Union account of the Battle of Gettysburg - as a of by The Gettysburg Battle. The following...
as a of by The Gettysburg Battle. The following general sketch of the Gettysburg battle, between tbe Union army and tbe rebels under Lee, we take from the battle field correspondence of the New York Times: As the details, the incidents and the gener al history of the great victory are brought to light, it is clearly defined as the most hotly contested and destructive engagement of tbe great rebellion. Tbe peculiar feature of the battle is the ferocity and desperation with which it was fought by both armies, and the glorious issue places the lustre of the National arms, and the valor of the Army of tbe Po tomac in the imperishable annals of the brilliant in history. Tbe battle occupied three days. Six hours fighting on Wednesday, four hoars on Thursday, and including the artillery firing on Fri day, thirteen hours on that day, making a total of twenty-three hours, during which the battle raged with extreme fury. The momentous and decisive part of tbe battle was on Friday. It began really at day. light, and continued until ten o'clock, tbe prin. cipal part of the musketry firing being on the right, with Slocura's corps. A lull of three hours followed, during which the enemy massed their artillery on onr centre, held by Han cock, with the Second, and Newton with the First corps. At one o.clock one hundred and twenty guns opened on that position, and rained shot and shell in a perfect deluge for one hour and forty minutes. The field, full of the greatest incidents and the scene of the most desperate fighting was on the centre, in front of Hancock and Newton, against whom Longstreet's corps was precipitated. The enemy's front was tbat of one division in line of battle; there were two such lines, and a very heavy line of skirmishers, al most equal to another line of battle. Ont or their concealment in the woods tbey came a- cross tbe open fields and up the gentle crest on the top of which was our line a weak line of men behind a line of defenses hastily thrown up and composed partially of stone walls, par tially of natural projections of soil and rock. The first charge was repulsed; the line broke and fell back before it reached a point two- thirds the way over. A second line was form ed, the officers came to the front, and with tbe outset of fierce and brutal hearts tbey rushed. Our men looking with astonishment, while fishtine with ereat visor: their line was dan gerously weak; the defences were not formida ble. A few men temporarily gave way; our advance, in some instances slightly faltered. The artillery engaged was small in force, hav ing been seriously weakened duriug tbe early part of the fight. Tbe rebels came on so close tbat tbeir expressions of fierce rage were plain ly distinguished; some of them actually gained the inside of the first wall but they never returned. Our immortal men, nerved to a degree of desperation, never before equaled, poured fourth such a devastating fire, and tbe artillery joined with its terrible canister, that the two lines of the foe literally sank into tbe earth. Of the divisions of Pickett and Heth, who made that charge, composed of eight brigades, positively not two brigades returned uninjured across the field. The color bearers of thirty-five rebel regiments, who were in the charge, were shot down, the colors fell on the field, and were gathered by the victorious vet erans of the Second corps. Being repulsed, large numbers of the enemy started back on tbe retreat, but our fire was so destructive tbat tbey fell on tbeir faces, or again rushed about and implored mercy at our hands as prisoners of war. Seven Colonels of rebel regiments were buried on the field, eight more were captured, besides those who were wounded and crawled or were taken off. is rebel

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  1. Delaware Gazette,
  2. 17 Jul 1863, Fri,
  3. Page 2

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