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asked for the return of the Fifth Corps. I made no objections, and it was ordered to report to him. When, on the morning of the 6th, Meade advanced toward Amelia Court House, he found, as predicted, that Lee was gone. It turned out that the retreat began the evening of the 5th and continued all night. Satisfied that this would be the case, I did not permit the cavalry to participate in Meade's useless advance, but shifted it out toward the left to the road running from Deatonsville to Rice's station, Crook leading and Merritt close up. Before long the enemy's trains were discovered on this road, but Crook could make but little impression on them, they were so strongly guarded; so, leaving Stagg's brigade and Miller's battery about three miles southwest of Deatonsville — where the road forks, with a branch leading north toward the Appomattox — to harass the retreating column and find a vulnerable point, I again shifted the rest of the cavalry toward the left, across-country, bu