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a point about half-way between Nottoway and Burkeville.
The road was skirted by a dense woods on the north side — the side toward the enemy.
A commotion suddenly arose among the headquarters escort, and on looking round, I saw some of our men dashing up to a horseman in full Confederate uniform, who had emerged like an apparition from the woods, and in the act of seizing him as a prisoner.
I recognized him at once as the scout who had brought the important despatch sent by Sheridan from Columbia to City Point.
I said to him, How do you do, Campbell?
and told our men he was all right, and was one of our people.
He said he had had a hard ride from Sheridan's camp, and had brought a despatch for General Grant.
By this time the general had also recognized him, and had ridden up to him and halted in the road to see what he had brought.
Campbell took from his mouth a small pellet of tin-foil, opened it, and pulled out a sheet of tissue-paper, on which was written the famous despatch