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. One of their captains says he killed a brigadier-general. From what I can learn I think the rebels are about 5,000 strong, with eight guns. They all belong to Hampton's Legion. Generals Kautz and Gregg are after them. The suggestion that General Hampton's Legion was 5,000 strong is amusing. I don't believe he ever had over half that amount in the best days. This same major reports us in full retreat at 9 A. M. I think in this he was correct. General Patrick at once ordered Colonel T. B. Gates, commanding at City Point, to put his command in a position to protect the depot. At 10 A. M. of the 16th General Meade advised General Grant that at daylight his pickets and reverses between the James and the Blackwater were strongly attacked, and that at the same time a dash was made for the cattle herd at Coggin's Point, and he feared that the herd had fallen into the enemy's hands. Zzzgeneral Meade's fears well founded. General Meade was certainly correct in his report. G