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to carry his inner line.
General Sheridan being advised of the condition of affairs, returned General Miles to his proper command.
On reaching the enemy's lines immediately surrounding Petersburg, a portion of General Gibbons' corps, by a most gallant charge, captured two strong, enclosed works — the most salient and commanding south of Petersburg — thus materially shortening the line of investment necessary for taking in the city.
The enemy south of Hatcher's run retreated west-ward to Sutherland's station, where they were overtaken by Miles' division.
A severe engagement ensued, and lasted until both his right and left flanks were threatened by the approach of General Sheridan, who was moving from Ford's station toward Petersburg, and a division sent by General Meade from the front of Petersburg, when he broke in the utmost confusion, leaving in our hands his guns and many prisoners.
This force retreated by the main road along the Appomattox river.
During the night of the secon