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ded for life, and demonstrated a power in the National Government which was irresistible.
Therefore, in March, 1865, but one more move was left to Lee on the chessboard of war: to abandon Richmond; make junction with Johnston in North Carolina; fall on me and destroy me if possible — a fate I did not apprehend; then turn on Grant, sure to be in close pursuit, and defeat him. 3ut no!
Lee clung to his intrenchments for political reasons, and waited for the inevitable.
At last, on the 1st day of April, General Sheridan, by his vehement and most successful attack on the Confederate lines at the Five Forks near Dinwiddie Court House, compelled Lee to begin his last race for life.
He then attempted to reach Danville, to make junction with Johnston, but Grant in his rapid pursuit constantly interposed, and finally headed him off at Appomattox, and compelled the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia, which for four years had baffled the skill and courage of the Army of the Potomac a