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General Sheridan to General Grant.

Headquarters, cavalry, Dinwiddie court-House, March 31, 1865.
Lieutenant-General U. S. Grant, commanding Armies United States:
General: The enemy attacked me about ten o'clock A. M. to-day on the road coming in from the west of Dinwiddie court-house. This attack was very handsomely repulsed by General Smith's brigade of Crook's division, and the enemy was driven across Chamberlain's creek. Shortly afterwards the enemy's infantry attacked on the same creek in heavy force, and drove in General Davies' brigade, and, advancing rapidly, gained the forks of the road at J. Boisseau's. This forced Devin—who was in advance—and Davies to cross the Boydton road. General Gregg's brigade and General Gibbes's brigade, which were towards Dinwiddie, then attacked the enemy in rear very handsomely: this stopped his march towards the left of our infantry, and finally caused him to turn towards Dinwiddie and attack us in heavy force. The enemy then again attacked at Chamberlain's creek and forced General Smith's position. At this time Capehart's and Pennington's brigades of Custer's division came up, and a very handsome fight occurred.

The enemy have gained some ground; but we still hold in front of Dinwiddie court-house, and Davies and Devin are coming down the Boydton plank-road to join us.

The opposing force was Pickett's division, Wise's independent brigade, and Fitz Lee's, Rosser's, and W. H. F. Lee's cavalry commands.

The men have behaved splendidly. Our loss in killed and wounded will probably number four hundred and fifty men; very few men were lost as prisoners. We have of the enemy a number of prisoners.

This force is too strong for us. I will hold on to Dinwiddie courthouse until I am compelled to leave. We have also some prisoners from Johnson's division. Our fighting to-day was all dismounted.

P. H. Sheridan, Major-General.

Official statement of the effective force of the cavalry under the command of Major-General Sheridan in the operations of Dinwiddie court-house, Virginia, March 31, 1865, and Five Forks, Virginia, April 1, 1865.

March 27, 1865.—General Merritt's command, Devin's First and Custer's Third cavalry divisions5,700
General Crook's command, Second cavalry division8,300
March 31, 1865.—Total effective force [Authority: General Sheridan's official report, based on returns of effective force as reported by the commanding officers named.]9,000

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