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Vol. Liv-no. 4 Baltimore, Saturday Morning, July 4, 1863 [price One Cent.

The Battle Near Gettysburg.

Highly Interesting Details

Desperate Fighting of Army of Potomac.

Scenes And Incidents.

June 25, 2000

FREDERICK, MD — Repulse of the Rebels - Union Army Master of the Field - Capture of the Rebel Gen. Archer and his Whole Brigade - Gettysburg Shelled During the Action - Generals Reynolds and Paul Killed - Col. Lyle and Gen. Baxter Reported Killed - Col. Roy Stone Missing- Gens. Wadsworth, Doubleday and Steinwehr Reported Wounded.

We published yesterday some particulars of a great battle fought on Wednesday last near Gettysburg, Pa., and today give further highly interesting particulars. The following is from letters in the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Commencement of the battle.

FREDERICK, MD., July 2. - A severe battle was fought yesterday, about a mile and a hail north of Gettysburg, Pa., between the First and Eleventh Corps of the Army of the Potomac and a large force of the rebel army, supposed to belong to Longstreet and Hill's Corps. The battle commenced about ten o'clock in the morning. The First and Eleventh Corps were advancing on the Chambersburg pike beyond Gettysburg, when they en-countered the rebel pickets about a mile outside of the town. The first intimation of the close proximity of the rebel troops was a shot from one of their advanced pickets, which struck Major General Reynolds in the head, killing him instantly. At the time General Reynolds was riding at the head of his corps, which was marching along the turnpike. Major General Doubleday, commanding the Third Division, then took command of the corps. The First Division, Gen. Wadsworth, took position behind a stone fence running through a wheat and corn field, in front of the enemy, and at short musket range. The rebels in large force charged up this line and compelled it to leave the cover of the fence and fall back some distance, after righting gallantly. The second division of the same corps, General Robinson, came up to the assistance of the first division, and succeeded in drving the rebels from the stone fence and retaking it.

Repulse of the Rebels.

The rebels made another effort to retake the fence but were repulsed with heavy loss. They then retired to the woods and a desultory fire of skirmishes and artillery was kept up till towards evening, when the fighting ceased.


In the action Brigadier-General Paul, commanding a brigade in the First Corps, was killed, and Generals Wadsworth and Doubleday are reported wounded. Col. P. Lyle, of the Ninetieth Pennsylvania, is reported killed. Colonel Roy Stone, of the Fifteenth Pennsylvania, commanding Second Brigade, Third Division, First Army Corps, is reported to have been wounded and placed in a barn, which afterwards took fire from the shells, and his fate is uncertain. Col. Root, of the Ninety-fourth New York, is reported wounded. Gen. Baxter, commanding brigade of the First Corps, reported killed.

The Eleventh Corps suffers.

The Eleventh corps, General Howard, was in position on the left first, and received a severe fire from the rebels. Gen. Steinwehr, commanding a division in this corps, is reported wounded.


The chief loss was in the First corps, which suffered severely both in officers and men.

The rebels shelled Gettysburg during the day, and the Seminary outside the town and five or six other buildings were burned.

The enemy foiled.

Towards evening the enemy made an attempt to flank us on the right, which was foiled by timely measures.

A whole rebel brigade captured.

They also made an effort to capture a wagon train on the left and rear, and in attempting this movement nearly a whole brigade of rebels were captured, among them Brig. Gen. Archer, of the rebel army, formerly of the U.S. army.

Our wounded are at Gettysburg, and are well taken care of. Our forces at Gettysburg were largely reinforced last night, and the battle will probably be resumed today. It is said Longstreet's and Hill's troops were both engaged yesterday, and would be reinforced by Ewell's corps during the night.

I have just returned from the rear of Gettysburg, and officers and soldiers who came from there this morning report that no fighting had taken place up to ten o'clock, beyond occasional artillery firing.

Upwards of one thousand rebel prisoners passed through Taneytown this morning, on their way to the rear, General Archer among them.

General Meade will undoubtedly push the enemy rapidly. Our army is in fine condition, and will fight well.

Further Highly Interesting Details.

We make available the following highly interesting extracts from a letter in the New York Herald, describing the battle:

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