Generals Barlow and Schimmelpfenning Wounded and Taken Prisoners -- Our Troops Concentrated -- Gen. Meade Selects His Own Position -- The Enemy Concentrating, &c.;
Washington, July 3. -- The Star of this evening has the following:
Dispatches have been received here from our brave army of the Potomac up to last night. It is announced that Gens. Barlow and Schimmelpfenning were both wounded and fell into the enemy's hands in the engagement of the day before yesterday. They, with Generals Reynolds and Paul killed, were the only Union general officers who met with casualties. It is definitely stated, we hear, in the dispatches referred to above, that the battle was fought on our part only by the First and Eleventh army corps, while the rebel force engaged against them were believed to embrace two-thirds of Lee's entire army.
At the end of the fight, after repulsing the rebels' last attack, General Meade shifted his position to the heights above Gettysburg, where he awaited the coming up of the five other corps of the army that had not participated in the engagement. In that position the enemy had declined to attack him up to last evening, by which time the balance of our troops had gotten up and were only in line. Lee was at that time concentrating all his troops near by, but ceased manifesting the purpose of renewing the attack which at 4.30 P.M. he seemed about to do. It is judged here that Lee was not attacked yesterday, because our troops, as they came up, were necessarily too much fatigued to permit them wisely to be thrown into action against an unfatigued enemy. From the tenor of the dispatches, it is believed here that if the enemy declined renewing the attack this morning, General Meade would at once engage his whole line.
The Fighting on Thursday.
New York, July 2. - A special dispatch to the New York Herald, dated Harrisburg 2d. says: The battle at Gettysburg to-day was fierce and bloody, and from all I can gather, the rebel army has received its mortal wound. Cannon, small arms and the field are among the trophies.
A column of 25,000 rebels passed through Dillsbury yesterday in the direction of Gettysburg.
A Great Struggle Going On.
Philadelphia, July 3. -- Parties arriving here from Gettysburg say that on Wednesday 10,000 of our troops were engaged with 30,000 of the enemy. During Wednesday night about 75,000 of General Meade's troops came up and took favorable positions, while 25,000 other Union troops were near at hand. The rebels had mainly concentrated near Gettysburg on Wednesday night, and there is little doubt but the great battle of yesterday would involve every available man in both armies.
New York, July 3d. -- The Times of this morning contains the latest news we have here of the state of affairs at Gettysburg. It states that at 4.30 P.M. yesterday the rebels who had been massing troops for some time heavily on our left commenced an attack with artillery, and the prospect was that another severe battle would take place in the course of the afternoon and evening. Rebel sharpshooters had previously been annoying our batteries from the church steeples of Gettysburg.
We held the Baltimore and Emmittsburg road. Our Third corps had the right, supported by the Fifth and Second. Our army was in excellent spirits, and quite confident of the result of the battle that was momentarily expected to take place.
The Great Battle.
Philadelphia, July 3. -- A special Harrisburg dispatch to the Bulletin says: Nothing is yet known as to the results of the battle, but the impression prevails that a great and decisive battle of the campaign has been fought in the neighborhood of Cashtown, on the road between Gettysburg and Chambersburg. It is believed that we have suffered heavy losses in officers and men, but Lee has been so crippled as to place him on the defensive. Yesterday Gen. Meade assumed the offensive. The day previous Lee had attacked us, and was repulsed with heavy loss. Lee holds a gap in South Mountain, near Chambersburg, through which he expects to escape if defeated.
A guard on the Northern Central Railroad heard firing in that direction like that of flying artillery, from which it is believed that Gen. Pleasonton was at work again with his dashing cavalry, fighting for the possession of the Gap.
Eagerness to Hear from the Battle Field.
Harrisburg, July 3. -- There is great excitement here to know the result of the battle fought yesterday and last night between Gen. Meade and the rebel army.
Persons at Columbia and Bainbridge, in the neighborhood of York, heard distinctly the roar of artillery, at times rapid and heavy. At daylight this morning the firing was again resumed. The battle must have been in the neighborhood of Gettysburg. Telegraph communication has been opened with Baltimore by way of Northern Central Railroad. There are no movements in this department worth mentioning.
Cannonading Heard at Harrisburg.
Harrisburg, July 3d. -- From the heavy cannonading heard here last night it is evident that a terrible battle was fought yesterday.
Troops Requested from New York.
Albany, July 2. -- A telegram from Gov. Curtin was received to-day by Gov. Seymour, stating that the battle near Gettysburg had not been decisive, and asking him to send all the troops he can raise without delay, as the need for them is pressing.
THE LATEST FROM GETTYSBURG.
A THREE DAYS' BATTLE.
Official Dispatches from General Meade -- The Enemy Repulsed at All Points -- The Rebel General Barksdale Killed -- Sixteen Hundred Prisoners Captured.
Washington, July 3. -- An official dispatch, received here this afternoon from Maj. Gen. Meade, dated headquarters army of the Potomac, at 11 o'clock at night of July 2d, states:
The enemy attacked us about 4 o'clock P.M. of this date, and after one of the severest contest of the war, he was repulsed at all points.
We have suffered considerably in killed and wounded. Among the former are Brig. Gens. Paul and Zook, and among the wounded Generals: Sickles, Barlow, Graham and Warren, slightly. We have taken a large number of prisoners.
Washington, July 3. -- A later dispatch has been received from Major Gen. Meade, dated 8 o'clock this morning, which says: "The action commenced again at early daylight upon various points of our line.
"The enemy thus far have made no impression upon my position. All accounts agree in placing the whole rebel army here. Prisoners report that Gen. Longstreet's and A.P. Hill's forces were much injured yesterday, and many general officers killed. Gen. Barksdale, of Mississippi, is dead, and his body is within our lines. We have thus far about 1,600 prisoners."
FROM THE SEAT OF WAR.
THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG.
Official Dispatch from Gen. Meade -- Address of President Lincoln -- Lee's Line of Retreat Cut Off-- A Florida Brigade Surrender Themselves -- Capture of Important Dispatches -- Jeff. Davis Orders Lee to Return Immediately to Richmond.
The news from Gettysburg battle field continues to be of the most exciting character, and we subjoin the latest and fullest details.
[From the Phila. Dispatch, of yesterday.]
There was no battle yesterday at Gettysburg. The Union army, after having sustained the attacks of the rebels for three days, and repulsing them with slaughter, was stationed in positions which gave to it important advantages, either for commencing offensive movements or repulsing any aggression. Meanwhile, it appears that General Smith, with 18,000 militia, is operating upon the flank and rear of Lee, and pressing him seriously.
The fact that a whole brigade of Florida troops, with their Brigadier General, came into the Federal lines on Friday night and voluntarily surrendered, shows that the disaffection in the rebel ranks must be extensive.
Unless Lee undertakes some bold movement his only line of retreat will be through the passes of the South mountain. There is reason to believe that measures have been taken to stop this gateway, most probably by General Pleasonton. The firing heard yesterday, and reported at Baltimore, must have been in that direction.
The capture of a bearer of dispatches from Jeff. Davis to Lee, urging the immediate return of the latter to Richmond, is reported. It is supposed in some quarters that this may be a ruse de guerre. But there is little doubt that Richmond is menaced by Gens. Dix and Keyes, and there are some great operations in that quarter. Just at this time it may prove that Lee would be of more use to the rebel cause in Virginia than he can be in Pennsylvania.
Meade's army has another advantage not generally suspected. A strong reserve force of veteran troops are now massed in a situation where they can reinforce him if they are needed or take part in the closing up of the game in Maryland or Virginia.
Every indication is favorable. Our army, notwithstanding the immense losses of the three days, is greatly superior, it is believed, to the rebel army now in Pennsylvania. The greatest number assigned to Lee in this invasion was 100,000 men. Of these we have 8,000 prisoners. It is not too much to assume that Lee's losses in killed and wounded, and by desertion, have been in these battles 25,000 men.
This would reduce his effective force to 67,000 men.
From the Battlefield.
[Special Dispatch to the Press.]
Hanover, Pa. July 4, 5 o'clock, P.M. - There has been no fighting up to this time to-day.
Last evening we drove the enemy back to Gettysburg. Our lines this morning extend eight miles around Gettysburg, our batteries being on all the hills looking on the town from the south.
We occupy Round Top Ridge, commanding the Chambersburg turnpike, and have cut off all the line of retreat. Our forces occupy the strongest possible position. A flank movement on our left is impossible.
About eight o'clock last night the Florida brigade, of General Longstreet's division, with a Brigadier General in command, advanced to within our lines and gave themselves up with their colors.
A bearer of dispatches from Jeff Davis to Gen. Lee has been captured. The dispatches peremptorily order Gen. Lee to return to Richmond -- state that the movement into Pennsylvania was wholly against his wishes.
The following were among the officers killed in Friday's engagement: Col Taylor, of the Bucktail regiment, a brother of Bayard Taylor; Lieut. Col Miles, of the same regiment. Lieutenant Manton, of Philadelphia, was wounded. Major Kerney, Eleventh New Jersey was wounded in the knee.
We have captured about 8,000 prisoners.
Official Dispatch from General Meade.
Headquarters Army of the Potomac, near Gettysburg, July 3, 8.30 P.M.
To Major General Halleck, Commander in Chief:
The enemy opened at 1 P.M., from about one hundred and fifty guns, concentrated upon my left centre, continuing without intermission for about three hours, at the expiration of which time he assaulted my left centre twice, being, upon both occasions, handsomely repulsed with severe loss to him, leaving in our hands nearly 3,000 prisoners, among them being General Armistead, and many Colonels and officers of lesser note.
The enemy left many dead upon the field, and a large number of wounded in our hands. The loss upon our side has been considerable. Major General Hancock and Brigadier General Gibbon were wounded.
After the repelling of the assault, indications leading to a belief that the enemy might be withdrawing, an armed reconnaissance was pushed forward from the left, and the enemy found to be in force.
At the present hour all is quiet. My cavalry have been engaged all day in both flanks of the enemy, harassing and vigorously attacking him with great success, notwithstanding they encountered superior numbers, both of cavalry and infantry. The army is in fine spirits.
Geo. G Meade,
Major General Commanding.
Address of President Lincoln --The Army Complimented.
Washington, July 4. -- 10 A.M. -- The President announces to the country that the news from the Army of the Potomac, up to 10 P.M. of the 3d, is such as to cover the army with the highest honor, to promise a great success to the cause of the Union, and to claim the condolence of all for the many gallant fallen; and that for this he especially desires that, on this day, He whose will, not ours, should ever be done, be every where remembered and reverenced with the profoundest gratitude.