War of the Rebellion: Serial 082 Page 0326 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LII.

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HDQRS. SECOND BRIGADE, FIRST CAVALRY DIVISION,

July 18, 1864 - 10 a. m.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff, Army of the Potomac:

GENERAL: I have the honor to report all quiet at this hour. At 11 p. m. last night a small party approached and fired upon my right rear outpost near Sturdivant's Mill. At 3 a. m. I sent a patrol to Lee's Mill and another by Sturdivant's Mill to the Norfolk road, thence to Prince George road, thence in the direction of Lee's Mill until the connection was formed with the other patrol. No enemy was to be seen. At my extreme advance near Gurley's the enemy, as usual at night-fall, advanced his lines to within seventy-five yards of my front, retiring at daylight to the edge of the woods. Nothing else of moment.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

THOS. C. DEVIN,

Colonel, Commanding Brigade.

HDQRS. SECOND BRIGADE, FIRST CAVALRY DIVISION, July 18, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff, Army of the Potomac:

I have the honor to forward inclosed communication from two females who yesterday approached my lines on the plank road and requested permission to pass out. On being refused, on of them became quite indignant, and stated that she had been passed in the day previous, and was told that she would she had been passed in the day previous, and was told that she would be allowed to go out. She further states that she has been in the habit of passing the lines whenever she wished to do so. I have refused to allow her to pass out, but have offered to forward her communication to headquarters.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

THOS. C. DEVIN,

Colonel, Commanding Brigade.

[Inclosure.]

JULY 18, 1864.

General GRANT:

DEAR SIR: A lady friend and myself on the 16th were ushered into your lines by your pickets in order to search for subsistence, as all we have has been destroyed by your army, and are still detained without any real cause, consequently I implore you as chief commander to release us forthwith, as each of us has little children that are suffering for our lone attention. We are at a lady's house who has no means, and we are very dissatisfied, as we are not able to compensate her for her kindness. Your immediate attention to this will be considered by us one of the kindest acts of humanity.

Very respectfully,

MRS. E. M. DANFORTH.

HDQRS. SECOND BRIGADE, FIRST CAVALRY DIVISION,

July 18, 1864 - 6.15 p. m.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff, Army of the Potomac:

GENERAL: I have the honor to report all quiet at this hour. My pickets on the right of the Gurley house were attacked about 4 p. m.