t had to move was more difficult than had been supposed, General Grant gave an order on the 19th to send ninety-two guns back to Washington.
The next morning, May 20, the general was later than usual in making his appearance, in consequence of having overslept.
Finally his voice was heard calling from his tent to his colored y he was as faithful and devoted to his chief as the famous Roustan.
In discussing the contemplated movement to the left, General Grant said on the morning of May 20: My chief anxiety now is to draw Lee out of his works and fight him in the open field, instead of assaulting him behind his intrenchments.
The movement of Early around Spottsylvania had ended, but other soil was now to be stained by the blood of fratricidal war. Torbert's cavalry division began the march to the South on May 20, and as soon as it was dark Hancock's corps set out for Milford Station, a distance of about twenty miles, to take up a position on the south bank of the Mattapon