view of occurrences on the front of the Fifth Corps, Army of the Potomac, during the last essay in Grant's Virginia campaign.
This was so distinctive in character, conditions, and consequences, that I have ventured to entitle it The last campaign of the armies.
I trust this narrative may not seem to arrogate too much for the merits of the Fifth Corps.
No eminence is claimed for it beyond others in that campaign.
But the circumstance that this Corps was assigned to an active part with Sheridan during the period chiefly in view — the envelopment and final out-flanking of Lee's army warrants the prominence given in this review.
It may be permitted to hope that this simple recital may throw some light on a passage of the history of this Corps, the record of which has been obscured in consequence of the summary change of commanders early in the campaign.
The Fifth Corps had a certain severity of reputation quite distinctive in the comradeship of the army.
Early in its histor