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Actions on the Weldon Railroad. by Orlando B. Willcox, Brevet Major-General, U. S. A. I. Globe Tavern. The operations on the railroad connecting Petersburg with Weldon, North Carolina, were a bit of strategy conceived by Grant in connection with Hancock's and Butler's movements north of the James, in order to force a withdrawal of the enemy's troops operating against Sheridan in the valley, and were intended by Meade to cut off one more avenue of supplies to Petersburg. Meade also wanted to attack the intrenchments on the south side of the James, believing that Hancock's move had drawn off all but two divisions from the defenses; but in this he was overruled by Grant. The movement therefore became a reconnoissance in force, with instructions to the commander, General G. K. Warren, to make the best of any advantages that might be developed, to effect a lodgment on the railroad as near the enemy's fortifications as practicable, and to destroy the road as far down as possible.