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ridan keeps fighting them, and I believe they will have to fall back to the Five Forks.
If I have to move to-night I shall leave a good many men who have lost their way. Does General Sheridan still hold Dinwiddie C. H.?
At 8.40 P. M., I received, by telegraph, the following, marked confidential, from General Webb:
The probability is that we will have to contract our lines to-night.
You will be required to hold, if possible, the Boydton Plank-road and to Gravelly Run — Humphreys and Ord along the Run.
Be prepared to do this at short notice.
I regretted exceedingly to see this step foreshadowed, for I feared it would have the morale of giving a failure to our whole movement, as similar orders had done on previous occasions.
It would, besides, relieve the enemy in front of General Sheridan from the threatening attitude which my position gave me, and I therefore sent the following, by telegraph, at 8.40 P. M., to General Webb:
The line along the Plank-road is very st