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e commissioned officers, from the Third, Fourth, Fifth, and Ninth regiments Virginia cavalry, to march through the counties of King William, King and Queen, and Gloucester, to Gloucester Point. The object of the scout was the arresting and bringing to the headquarters of the General commanding cavalry brigade, all deserters andy if the enemy was really at the point, and in what force. At Plain View, my scouts returned with the information that the enemy had only spent a short time in Gloucester, and had again embarked and gone back to York. Having again resumed the line of march, I advanced the main column to a point about four miles from Gloucester Pthat place, in order to prevent the landing of cavalry with facility. The enemy had frequently crossed the river with cavalry, and had harassed the citizens of Gloucester and King and Queen, in predatory excursions. I succeeded in committing to the flames the huts, notwithstanding the efforts of a gunboat lying in the stream, wh