Doubleday replied to the officers that they might trust to Gen. Meade; that he would keep his eye on the movements of the enemy, and have his forces ready to meet his attacks. Out they came and rushed rapidly over the field but evidently with less fury than before.
The head of the column was directed against a position held by Gen. Webb, commanding 2d Brigade, 2d Division, 2d Corps. His troops were old, and, steadily and bravely withstood the charge. The steady fire of the National troops staggered the enemy, and the rebel Gen. Armistead, who led the charge, wishing to steady his column, halted it for a moment at the fence.
Webb seeing this, called out to his brigade, "Charge! The enemy is ours." And true enough, he was. The commanding Gen. Armstead and 3500 men were captured by the closing in of the Second Corps on the right and the First on the left.
The enemy were driven back over the fields with great slaughter. The enemy then left the field and the battle ended.
Retreat of the Rebels.
After the battle Gen. Lee withdrew his forces from the vicinity of Gettysburg, and immediately commenced his preparations to retreat towards the Potomac. He was followed by our cavalry who continually harassed his rear taking prisoners and capturing his trains. The country through which he passed was mountainous or hilly and the streams having been swollen by heavy rains and the roads bad made his retreat slow and difficult. On Monday night it is said a portion of forces were at Marion between Chambersburg and Hagerstown, with a train seven miles long. On Tuesday, he was at Willimsport, trying to get into Virginia.
At last accounts Lee was gathering his shattered forces for a stand near the old battle-field of Antietam, in the hope, doubtless, of covering the passage of his trains across the Potomac.
The losses on either side cannot yet be stated with definiteness, but they are known to be immense. Our losses in killed and wounded are variously estimated from 12,000 to 20,000; the rebel loss at from 20,000 to 40,000. It seems pretty sure that we have taken at least 8,000 prisoners, and probably many more. The loss of officers on both sides is severe.
On the glorious Fourth of July Gen. Pemberton surrendered unconditionally to Gen. Grant, and Vicksburg, the great rebel stronghold on the Mississippi, on his ability to defend which Jeff Davis said he was willing to stake the success of the Confederacy, is in Federal possession, with the Stars and Stripes floating over it.
Fri Jul 10 1863: Marriages
In Willimantic, July 4, by the Rev. F.L. DeBruycker, Michael Broderick and Ellen Sullivan.
In Willimantic, July 2, by Rev. Mr. Bradford, Charles W. Atwood, and Delia Eastman, both of Willimantic.
Fri Jul 10 1863: Deaths
In North Mansfield, July 1st, Nathaniel Phillips, aged 76. He was a good husband and father, a kind neighbor and an exemplary citizen.
In Hampton, July 2, Helen Louise, youngest daughter of Dr. William and Eliza Ann Vari__, aged 1 year and 6 months.