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re, however, at all times vigilant, and ready to rush upon the enemy. Shortly after entering the city on the 18th, Col. Rives, who commanded the fourth division in the absence of Gen. Slack, led his regiment and Col. Hughes's along the river banwest of the fortifications--Gen. McBride's command and a portion of Gen. Harris's having been ordered to reinforce him. Col. Rives, in order to cut off the enemy's means of escape, proceeded down the bank of the river to capture a steamboat which waso the river heights, where moveable breastworks were speedily constructed out of them by Generals Harris and McBride, Colonel Rives and Major Winston, and their respective commands. Capt. Kelly's battery (attached to Gen. Steen's division) was orde on that part of their works nearest to Col. Green's position, and shortly afterward an other was displayed opposite to Col. Rives. I immediately ordered a cessation of all firing on our part, and sent forward one of my staff officers to ascertain t