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passing down the pike towards Petersburg. It was conjectured that the trains were either carrying supplies for the moving columns, or they were being sent to Petersburg to be loaded with supplies for Lee's army or the forces in Richmond. At any rate the capture or destruction of any of the trains was an object very desirable at the present juncture of rebel affairs, and it was determined to attempt it. Gen R S Foster, Chief of Gen Gilmore's Staff, took command of the force, consisting of Onderdonk's Mounted Rifles, a battalion of the 4th Massachusetts cavalry, two regiments of negro cavalry, and a portion of the 11th Maine infantry. A night expedition. Gen Foster started with his column at about nine o'clock in the evening, and moved quietly out to our picket lines, and a few hundred yards behind, when he halted, stationed pickets on different loads to guard against a move to cut him off, and then attempted to move up the road leading to the pikes. He encountered the rebel