ntry force consisted of Gibbons' and Miles' divisions, and in the afternoon of the 25th he was reinforced by the division of Orlando B. Wilcox, which, however, arrived too late to be of any substantial service to him. Gregg's division of cavalry with an additional brigade commanded by Spear, was with him. He had abundant artillery, consisting in part of the 10th Massachusetts battery, Battery B, 1st Rhode Island, McNight's 12th New York battery, and Woemer's 3rd New Jersey battery.
On the 22nd Gregg was assailed by Wade Hampton with one of his cavalry divisions, and a sharp contest ensued.
General Hampton, from the battlefield of the 22nd, sent a note to General R. E. Lee, suggesting an immediate attack with infantry.
That great commander, realizing that a favorable opportunity was offered to strike Hancock a heavy blow, directed Lieutenant-General A. P. Hill to advance against him as promptly as possible.
General Hill left his camp near Petersburg on the night of the 24th, and