Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Peace Eternal in a Nation United










BATTLE-FIELD NEAR GETTYSBURGH. Friday morning July 3, -- three A.M.

At the close of my last dispatch at 4 1/2 P.M. yesterday, the enemy had just opened a heavy attack by artillery on our left and centre. The tactics of the enemy were soon apparent -- a massing of their main strength on our left flank, which covered the Frederick road, with the determination to crush it. So intent were the enemy on this purpose, that every other part of the lines was left alone.

The fighting was of the most desperate description on both sides. Our gallant men fought as they never fought before.

The hisses, considering the duration of the conflict, are more than usually heavy on both sides. Many of our most gallant officers have fallen. Gen. SICKLES' right leg was shot off below the knee. Amputation has been performed, and he is doing well.

Late in the evening, Gen. MEADE called a council of his corps commanders, and it was resolved to continue the fight so long as there was any one left to fight.

The fighting was of the most desperate description on both sides. Our gallant men fought as they never fought before.
The hisses, considering the duration of the conflict, are more than usually heavy on both sides. Many of our most gallant officers have fallen. Gen. SICKLES' right leg was shot off below the knee. Amputation has been performed, and he is doing well.
Late in the evening, Gen. MEADE called a council of his corps commanders, and it was resolved to continue the fight so long as there was any one left to fight.

At daylight this morning the battle was renewed, the cannonading being rapid and heavy.  It was the determination of our Generals to fight to the bitter end.

L.L. Crounse

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