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th, and thereby cut off our telegraphic and railroad communication and prevent us from receiving reinforcements. As I write this more prisoners are passing. They express gladness at being taken, for they anticipate something good to eat. Col. Spear has advanced with his cavalry brigade to a point one mile on the Blackwater road, which is to the right of the place where the Franklin and Petersburg railroads cross each other. The enemy is now in a straight line, about four miles from here. Col. Spear has opened with his howitzers, for the enemy is advancing skirmishers forward to the edge of the woods. A few shots have been fired from Fort Fosscrans, by order of Gen. Terry, in order to get the range and let the enemy know that we are important for an attack. The Provost Guard have been engaged in arresting all the men in town to be rank succession sts, and connecting them to jail. This is to prevent them from escaping during the night, for the purpose of carrying informat