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ridge, three miles from Reams's station, and parallel to it. Here the column halted until one o'clock, awaiting the result of the cavalry reconnaissance which General Hampton was then making in order to determine the strength and position of the enemy. About 11 o'clock, the cavalry under General Hampton engaged the enemy's cavGeneral Hampton engaged the enemy's cavalry and infantry about four miles below Reams's station, and steadily pressed them back, on a road parallel with the railroad, to Malone's station. As soon as Lieutenant-General A. P. Hill learned that our cavalry had pressed the enemy back to Malone's station he ordered General Hampton to connect his cavalry with the left of ourGeneral Hampton to connect his cavalry with the left of our infantry and to prepare for an assault of the enemy's works on the western side of the railroad, in front of Reams's station. About 2 o'clock, all arrangements being completed, Lieutenant-General Hill ordered the line forward, and the command was promptly obeyed. The line thus formed, and in motion, was preceded by two squadrons