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The Battle On Monday

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Day
12
Month
September
Year
1862
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Public Domain
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Washington, Sept. 3. The battle on Monday niglit betweon Gons Reno and Kearney upon our sido, and t lio rebels, was fought three miles to thc rear of Centrevillo and about a mile to the riglit of the Centreville road. lt was a complete vietory on our sido, but dearly bought by the loss of Gen. Kearney apd Geu. Stevens. Gen. Keno's división had been posted there during the day, to observe the rebel íiioveincnts. The approaeh of tlio enemy v;is ascertained m tho afternoon, and Gen. Kearney was ordered to advaneo to líe::o's support. The onemy were ftltampüug (o turn our riglit flank, añil in 01 dur to move more rapiíily had luft tLcir artillery be'jií.d them, aiid wcrc íidvaneiii! over the fields. Their uioveniont thrcatened both flank and rear, ami, if successful, would prob ably have placed thein at Fairfax Oi)urt llouso, and oneo more b roken Pope's coimiiunieatiou wiih Washington. Tliey attaekod Geu. Keno about 5 o'oloek in the afternoon. The engagement betweon h i m and the rebels co:it;aued lot' abou: au hour before the anival of our reiu forcementa. Gen Reno liad poslcd his troops with his right res ing aguiust a wood. Gen. StOTCiib' división was on tho left, Reno hiniself holding the right. At'ter the line ot battle was formed, tho enemy attepted to turn Gen. Keno's left flank. - (ion. Stevens, to auticipate and prevent tliis niovenietit, advaueod at the Load of his división to the attack. The enomy were posted i.'i a coru field, and on the further sido of it, partially p oteeled by the woods. In the centre of ihe field was a raviue, into which Gen. Stevens advanced. As he was leading his o iluinn, somo distauce before rea'ching the enemy's line, he wns shot dead by a bullet through the hond. II is triops, disheartened by his loss, and undoubtcdly oatmiinbered, fell baek in considerable disorder. Gen. lleno found himsclf at th'13 period without any support on his left, with hiH troops mostlj out of amnuimtwn, while tho enemy were approaching in heavy foree upou the left ílank, and threatening to turn his positiou and cut iús forces iu two. It was at this juncture that Gen. Kearney arrived upon the fielA The üight was very dark, the rain falliug heavily, with a terrible storm of thunder and lightuiug. It was uearly impossible to discover at once tho exact position of the enumy. On the exposed left flank of Gen. lleno they were supposed to be ad vanenig, and Geu. Kearney, detaching oue brigade to the left, rode forward to make a reeonnoissauco 11 person. lia tu told that there were no troops of ours in front of the position which Gen. Stevens had held, and that through the Gap the rebels wcro rapidly ad vancing ; but, disregarding or disbelieving the informatiou, went forwurd, accompanied only by an orderly, aud was shot dead. His death remaincd unkaown uutil the followiug morning, but as hc did not re turn to his command, and was supposed to be a prisouer, Gen. liirney took oommand ot' the división aud arranged tho order ot battle. Gen. Heno had at this time withdrawn entiiely from the fight, and Gen. Birney found the cnemy in front of him considerably to tho left of Iteno's original position, and even threatpning to turn his own left flank. Gen. llobinson's brigade, with Graham'a Battery, Fust United States, was ordercd to the lefc - Geu. Biruey's brigade constituted the reserve, also strengthened by lliindolph's Battery, which openod on tho enemy with vigor and effect. Gen. Birney formed his line of battle in front and on the ccutre ith his own brigade, consisting of seven regiment. A musketry fire was opened on botli sidos, and continued with great eharptiess for perhaps half an hour. The enemy's liuo boing unsustained by artillery, was grcatly shaken by the cannonade from our ide and by thc heaviness of the iufantry firc. Gen Birney, as soon as hc perceived indications of the enemy's utii-teadinees ia his front, ordeicd tho Fortieth - known as the Mozart Regiment - and First New York, both comjunnded by Col. Egun, and the Scott Life Guard - Thiitv-eightb New Vork - Col, Wnrd, to advïnce m biiyonet charge. These tliree regiiueuts moved across (he eorn-field, down the raviue, and up the opposito slope, with tho groatest gallantry and determination, and almost inRtantly broke the rebel line and put them to ilight. Thcy wero pursued by the fire ot our artillery, but, owing to the darknesB and storm, pursuit by infautry for any distanco was impO88Íbje Our ti'oops ocoupied tho position of tiio enemy from which lic had been driven,Gen. Berry'B reserve biigado holding tho ground all night. Our dead wero buried and the wound ed earried otf the ground. Some prisonere were taken from tlia cnemy. - Among them were the Adjutnnt General of General Jones and his Chief of Orduance. Our loss in killed aud wonnded in Gen. Birney's eom:niind was about 200 - among them Major Tilden, of the Thirty-cighth New York, who was mortally wouaded, aud died imraediately after tbc victory. Tho enemy's forees consisted of parta of the divisioDS of Generáis J.ioksoe cll and llill, MUiubcrius trom 10,0 IÜ to 12,00-). fíen. Kciio'b log ia net accuratcly known, I ut it is suppo.eed to be about l,1"1!).). Tbo enemy bin without artillar y, our tioupa Buñ'jrtd hut littlo in ocnnparUon with tbcir loss. The di'aths of Geucrals Kearnoy and 9{eun uro duuply lainoutod b_v tlieirimmediate cnftiuiand, and by all the arniy. I'o!li l::tvo vfry high rcputations for gnilantry and suldierly ubiliiy. Geu. Ki-arncy having biouglit high ronown from the Poninsu!:i, and Gen. Stoven, besidcs his famo in M-j.v.eo and Oregon, was an nutire and ootecprising Geimr:il of the Porf. Rnyii! expedition, 11 WUi tliere conoeniL'd u overy ñjtht in wliicb i'ur land foroon had p irt. llis own brigtde va.i ospcoiaily devoted to iiiiu.

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