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nting military operations. For the first time in several months, the initiative was taken by our troops. Between 3 and 4 o'clock A. M., General Longstreet, with a heavy force of infantry, cavalry and artillery, made a reconnaissance down the Charles City and Darbytown roads, and in the course of the morning advanced as far as New Market Hill, four miles cast of Fort Harrison, without meeting any serious resistance. In fact, until reaching the point named, he found nothing but a thin picket liongst the negro soldiers. By this reconnaissance the actual position of the enemy's line of heavy defences on the north side of James river was ascertained. Instead of running northwest from Fort Harrison and hugging our line even to the Charles City road, as had been believed, at least by civilians, it runs from the Harrison due east to New Market Heights, which is at least four miles further distant from the city than the former point. Between New Market and the left of our line there i