Afternoon Dispatches.


Arrival of 7,000 Wounded at Washington


It is Renewed Yesterday


Enthusiasm of the Army over the News from Sherman and Butler.


Two Thousand Prisoners Captured

Our Troops Occupy the Field


Official from General Grant



WASHINGTON, May 12, 1864.

To Gov. Yates:

Dispatches from Gen. Grant, dated at eight o'clock this morning, have just reached this Department. He says: "We have now ended the sixth day of very heavy fighting. The result to this time is very much in our favor.

"Our losses have been heavy as well as those of the enemy. I think the loss of the enemy must be greater. We have taken over five thousand prisoners in battle, whilst he has taken from us but few, except stragglers. I propose to fight it out on this line, if it takes all summer."

The Government is sparing no pains to supply him. EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.

WASHINGTON May 11. — During the last 24 hours about 7,000 men of the army of the Potomac, wounded in the battles of Thursday and Friday have been brought here. Comparatively few of them are suffering severely from their injuries, and many of them will soon be returned to the army.

WASHINGTON, May 11. — The accounts from the army of the Potomac concur that there was heavy fighting yesterday and that about five o'clock P. M. an attack was made upon rebel batteries. After the assault was continued for some time, they found the rebel batteries could not be carried without great sacrifice of life, and the effort for the time was abandoned.

It is reported here this morning that General Warren was wounded yesterday and died on the way to Fredericksburg. The rumor is repeated to-night and generally believed.

The fighting yesterday afternoon is said to have been very severe, as heavy artillery was brought into action on both sides.

The result so far as known this morning was to our advantage.

The rebels attempted to get in the rear of our army to obtain supplies, but were driven off with heavy loss. Fighting was renewed to-day.

NEW YORK, May 12. — Herald's special, Tuesday, says Gibbons' and Barlow's divisions were withdrawn from the south bank of the Po, the latter's division closely followed by the enemy, who were checked by our artillery posted along the ridge commanding the river. Early in the day the whole army began to straighten out in line of battle for a renewed engagement. Skirmishing was kept up during this time between the advanced lines of the two armies. The enemy is bestirring himself as though he intended offensive operations. Our line formed with second corps on the right, fifth in the centre, and sixth on the left, with Burnside's corps in rear of our left for protection of our immense trains, and to act as a reserve in any emergency.

The country here is quite rolling, studded with groves of pine and hard wood, affording much better facilities for handling troops and the use of artillery than about the Wilderness.

The enemy during the night strengthened this formidable position with rifle pits, breastworks, barricades, etc., renderring it stronger than any line of defense occupied by him since leaving his earthworks on the Rapidan. Thus matters stood until far into the afternoon.

The fighting became quite sharp at different points but without anything definite. Five o'clock was fixed for a grand assault.

General orders announcing the success of Sherman in the West and Butler on James river were read to the troops, producing the wildest excitement, and as the hour approached for the attack the enthusiasm of the troops became almost ungovernable.

Grant, surrounded by his staff, Meade, Hancock and Warren were all stationed on eminences within sight of each other, while vast columns of our army slowly gathered themselves together for the great struggle.

Just as the attack was about to be made, the enemy advanced on our right, threatening to press back that portion of the line, discontinuing for the time the plan of assault. Other troops were hurried below to the support of the right, but succeeded in checking the rebels. Sending back his reinforcements with word that he had men enough and to spare, half-past six was then fixed upon for the assault. Watches were compared by corps commanders, and they separated with orders to attack at the appointed time. At the appointed hour, simultaneously with the fire of the twelve signal guns, the whole front advanced with cheers from the whole line. The movement was indescribably grand. A portion of our forces moved in solid column, while others advanced in the usual order of battle, the whole army moving together, and yet each command fighting its own battle. The whole rebel line opened a most murderous fire, against which our lines irresistibly swept, driving the enemy slowly back from his position, capturing nearly 2,000 prisoners and three pieces of artillery. The latter, however, were retaken by the rebels before the close of the engagement.

Night closed the battle, with our force occupying the field. The loss is heavy, but judging from the killed and wounded left in our hands much less than the enemy's, who fought to the last, our troops bayonetting their men in the rifle pits and forcing them to a hand to hand conflict.

Gen. Rice was mortally wounded and died under the amputation of his leg.

Our loss in prominent officers is great, but the lateness of the hour and my own wound prevents the collection of names.

The engagement was renewed vigorously, and at the time of my departure was progressing favorably.


May 11, 1864.

My dispatch yesterday evening left the army in the midst of a terrible battle, as terrible for the time it lasted as any in the recent series of fights. Heretofore, the contests have been invariably with musketry. In this battle the roar of artillery fire was incessant, and almost as deafening as at the Gettysburg battle. It continued until night, and darkness closed the sanguinary struggle.

Our army added another to the list of battles and victories.

In the morning a change was made in the disposition of our lines. Meantime our men, greatly strengthened their earthworks, throwing up additional abbatises, and everything evinced a determination to make the day one of decisive results. Very active skirmishing all the fore part of the day emerged at length into a general engagement. As the hours wore on it waxed hotter and hotter, and fiercer and sharper was the rattle of musketry, and louder the roar of artillery.