The Battle Of Gettysburg.

The Second Day's Contest.

June 25, 2000

WASHINGTON — Generals Barlow and Schimmelpfenning Wounded and Taken Prisoners - Our Troops Concentrated - Gen. Meade Selects His Own Position - The Enemy Concentrating, &c.

WASHINGTON, July 3. - The Star of this evening has the following:

Dispatches have been received here from our brave army of the Potomac up to last night. It is announced that Gens. Barlow and Schimmelpfenning were both wounded and fell into the enemy's hands in the engagement of the day before yesterday. They, with Generals Reynolds and Paul killed, were the only Union general officers who met with casualties. It is definitely stated, we hear, in the dispatches referred to above, that the battle was fought on our part only by the First and Eleventh army corps, while the rebel force engaged against them were believed to embrace two-thirds of Lee's entire army.

At the end of the fight, after repulsing the rebels' last attack, General Meade shifted his position to the heights above Gettysburg, where he awaited the coming up of the five other corps of the army that had not participated in the engagement. In that position the enemy had declined to attack him up to last evening, by which time the balance of our troops had gotten up and were only inline. Lee was at that time concentrating all his troops near by, but ceased manifesting the purpose of renewing the attack which at 4:30 P.M. he seemed about to do. It is judged here that Lee was not attacked yesterday, because our troops, as they came up, were necessarily too much fatigued to permit them wisely to be thrown into action against an unfatigued enemy. From the tenor of the dispatches, it is believed here that if the enemy declined renewing the attack this morning, General Meade would at once engage his whole line.

The Fighting on Thursday.

NEW YORK. July 2. - A special dispatch to the New York Herald, dated Harrisburg 2d. says: The battle at Gettysburg today was fierce and bloody, and from all I can gather, the rebel army has received its mortal wound. Cannon, small arms and the field are among the trophies.

A column of 25,000 rebels passed through Dillsbury yesterday in the direction of Gettysburg.

A Great Struggle Going On.

PHILADELPHIA, July 3. - Parties arriving here from Gettysburg say that on Wednesday 10,000 of our troops were engaged with 30,000 of the enemy. During Wednesday night about 75,000 of General Meade's troops came up and took favorable positions, while 25,000 other Union troops were near at hand. The rebels had mainly concentrated near Gettysburg on Wednesday night, and there is little doubt but the great battle of yesterday would involve every available man in both armies.

Another Account.

NEW YORK, July 3d. - The Times of this morning contains the latest news we have here of the state of affairs at Gettysburg. It states that at 4:30 P.M. yesterday the rebels who had been massing troops for some time heavily on our left commenced an attack with artillery, and the prospect was that another severe battle would take place in the course of the afternoon and evening. Rebel sharpshooters had previously been annoying our batteries from the church steeples of Gettysburg.

We held the Baltimore and Emmitsburg road. Our Third corps had the right, supported by the Fifth and Second. Our army was in excellent spirits, and quite confident of the result of the battle that was momentarily expected to take place.

Roaring of Artillery Heard in the Direction of Gettysburg. HARRISBURG, July 3. - There is great excitement here to know the result of the battle fought yesterday and last night between Lee's and Meade's armies.

Persons at Columbia, Bainbridge and in the neighborhood of York heard distinctly the roar of artillery, at times rapid and heavy. At daylight this morning it was renewed. The battle must have been in the neighborhood of Gettysburg.

Telegraphic communication has been opened with Baltimore by way of the Northern Central Railroad. There are no movements in this department worth mentioning.

The Great Battle.

PHILADELPHIA, July 3.- A special Harrisburg dispatch to the Bulletin says: "Nothing is yet known as to the results of the battle, but the impression prevails that a great and decisive battle of the campaign has been fought in the neighborhood of Cashtown, on the road between Gettysburg and Chambersburg. It is believed that we have suffered heavy losses in officers and men, but Lee has been so crippled as to place him on the defensive. Yesterday Gen. Meade assumed the offensive. The day previous Lee had attacked us, and was repulsed with heavy loss. Lee holds a gap in South Mountain, near Chambersburg, through which he expects to escape if defeated.

"A guard on the Northern Central Railroad heard firing in that direction like that of flying artillery, from which it is believed that Gen. Pleasonton was at work again with his dashing cavalry, fighting for the possession of the Gap."

Cannonading Heard at Harrisburg.

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