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killing and wounding a number and capturing thirty prisoners. General Hampton then fell back to Bellfield, on the Meherrin river, forty miles south of Petersburg, to await the attack of the enemy. The enemy attacked Bellfield on Friday evening, but were repulsed. We have no particulars of the fight. General Lee sends the following dispatch to the Secretary of War, which covers Hampton's operations on Thursday and the attack upon Bellfield on the next day. "Headquarters Army Northern Virginia, "December 10, 1864. "Hon. James A. Seddon, Secretary of War: "General Hampton, after driving the enemy's cavalry upon his infantry, on the afternoon of the 8th, recrossed the Nottoway and reached Bellfield at daylight yesterday. "In the afternoon the enemy attacked the position, but were successfully resisted. This morning the enemy is reported retiring and Hampton following. "The bridge over the Meherrin was saved. Our loss, as far as known, is small. The garrison,