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l Meade it seemed the firing is so near, it plainly sounded to us more and more distant, indicating that our cavalry was falling back, of which I soon had confirmation. At 5.50 P. M., I sent the following to General Webb: I have just seen an officer and a sergeant from General Sheridan's command, who were cut off in an attack by the enemy and escaped. From what they say, our cavalry was attacked about noon by cavalry and infantry, and rapidly driven back, two divisions-Crook's and Deven's — being engaged. The firing seemed to recede from me toward Dinwiddie C. H. I have sent General Bartlett and my escort in that direction, but I think they cannot be in time. I hear cannonading that I think is from near Dinwiddie C. H. About 6.30 P. M., I received the following from General Webb: A staff officer of General Merritt's has made a report that the enemy has penetrated between Sheridan's main command and your position — this is a portion of Pickett's division. Let th