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their operations comes to hand tardily; but what we have received is of a highly satisfactory character. On last Thursday evening, the enemy's column being then a short distance beyond Jarratt's, some thirty-five miles south of Petersburg, General Hampton, who had gotten ahead of them, attacked their advance, consisting of cavalry, and drove it back upon the main body, 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 c