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NEW YORK, April 5. — The Herald's correspondent has the following account of the operations on Sunday at midnight.

On Saturday, Gen. Wilcox had orders to make demonstrations on the right of the line, so as to draw the rebels from the left, preparatory to operations in that quarter.

The next morning Admiral Porter and all the artillery in the works on the right, were also set at work.

Gen. Wilcox's skirmish line was advanced. The rebels were aroused, and soon sharp volleys of musketry were heard, indicating that they were well at work.

Amid the noise and smoke, the skirmishers pushed on, until reaching the outskirts of Petersburg, when they met a heavy body of rebels advancing upon them. A brisk engagement followed, but our numbers were so small we were compelled to fall back.

Gen. Wilcox then got orders to attack Fort Matone, on the left. He massed a column for that purpose.

While this was being done, similar dispositions were making further to the left, and a system of common signals had been agreed upon to fix the moment of starting, that all might assault simultaneously.

Owing to a mist which the field, hung over the preparations had been concealed from the enemy.

At 4 o'clock the signal was given. The men advanced quickly and in perfect order, with fixed bayonets; that they went to stay was indicated by being accompanied by a detachment of heavy artillery prepared to turn and work the enemy's guns. Presently musketry was heard; the rebels' picket line was reached; now a hearty cheer followed by the roar of musketry is taken up, and runs along to the left until it is lost in the distance. Instantly the artillery on both sides is at work, and two hundred big guns belch forth their thunders. But the work is quickly done. Harriman, of the 37th Wisconsin, acting Brigadier, gives an order to charge; up and away the noble fellows went for breastworks, rifle pits, cheveaux de frisse, the parapet of the fort, into the main work; the deed is accomplished. For one moment the thunder-struck rebels looked, and then took to flight, but our fellows were too quick for all of them, and captured 250 prisoners, and 9 guns were found in the fort and quickly trained and set at work annoying the rebel battery. This, with the simultaneous operations further to the left, cut the rebel line in two, and took from them their commanding position and a large amount of valuable artillery. Scarcely were we in possession of the fort when the rebels, having reorganize their forces and checked up some reinforcements, came up with determined efforts to retake it. They made a most desperate assault, standing up manfully against a terrific discharge of grape and canister and withering volleys of musketry, but it was to no purpose. Four times during the day did they attempt to retake this important position, but were each time sent reeling back in disorder, losing heavily each time.

It was in one of these assaults that the rebel Gen. A. P. Hill, lost his life, in attempting in person, to lead his men up to the works. In the meantime, the 6th and 24th corps having broken through the rebel lines, in their front, were swung around to the rear and flank.

It was now evident that Petersburg was lost to the rebellion, and the movements of the 6th corps were so rapid that Gen. Lee himself, narrowly escaped capture. As it was, his headquarters fell into our hands.

The Tribune's correspondent thus recounts the operations on our left.

At 4:30, Sunday morning, the 6th corps left their line to attack the enemy's left center. It moved in echelon, so as to enable the corps to throw forward their left and flank the works of the enemy one after another.

Soon a battery of four guns opened upon the first divisions, but by a rapid charge of the 1st brigade it was immediately captured.

The batteries of the enemy now opened from every point, but we went on gallantly driving their left, and soon reached some works in their front. One by one, they fell into our hands.

It was a grand picture of war that then presented itself.

The 9th corps, with the left in advance, was sweeping on towards two heavy forts. The rebels had their guns vigorously at work and shell burst thickly over our line.

On pushed the left division until it struck the South-side railroad.

Against the two forts swept the 2d division. Our artillery played upon the forts from commanding positions incessantly, until our men were close up to them.

Then a dash was made upon the works, but it was repulsed. Again it was tried and this time it met with success, but so resolute were the rebels inside that some of them used the bayonet for a short time.

As these troops fell into our hands a loud cheer rent the air, and the enemy were seen hastily retiring to their second line, which opened sharply in an effort to stay our advance.

About this time, Sheridan appeared on the field and was received with loud cheers by the 6th corps.

At this moment too, our entire line was changing its long front to the right, and slowly before it the broken line of the enemy was falling back upon their rear defences.

Against the line which fell back, a heavy force was now pitted, composed of parts of the 24th, 6th and 25th corps, and nearly all these fresh troops.

A lull took place when this force was ready to move, and it was, in fact, a distinct action which was to be fought as dusk stole over the scene, and the attack was deferred until the next day.

While the above fighting was taking place, the 5th corps and the cavalry under Sheridan, turned the right wing of the rebel army, taking from 4,000 to 5,000 prisoners.

The 2d corps, connecting with the right of the 5th, was also victorious, notwithstanding they had the roughest ground to fight over and a brave and determined foe in the rebel 3d corps.

The line of defences in front of the 9th corps was stronger than those at any other point. It made many assaults during the day and suffered severely. At night it found itself close up to the main line of the defences, but unable to go further. The 1st division of the 10th corps, aided the 9th corps greatly.