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r my command, undertaken with a view to the surprise and capture of Richmond, and incidental results: All the infantry and cavalry placed at my disposal by the general commanding, being about four thousand of the former and two thousand two hundred of the latter, were suddenly concentrated behind my lines at Williamsburg after dark on the evening of the 5th instant, together with Hunt's and Belger's light batteries. The infantry, consisting of three white regiments, brigaded under Col. R. M. West, First Pennsylvania Light Artillery, and three colored regiments under Colonel Duncan, Fourth U. S. Colored Troops, moved thence at 9 A. M. on the 6th, carrying on the person six days rations in the knapsack and seventy rounds of cartridges--forty in the boxes and thirty in the knapsack. The cavalry, being detachments of five regiments under Col. S. P. Spear, Eleventh Pennsylvania Cavalry, moved two hours later. Colonel Spear was directed to arrive at Bottom's Bridge, twelve miles t