e. Meherrin River, driving the few Confederates in his path across that stream to a fortified position at Hicksford.
a few weeks later, while a greater portion of the naval force on the James River was engaged in a second expedition against Fort Fisher,
see page 484. the Confederates sent down from under the shelter of strong Fort Darling,
this Fort, which has been frequently mentioned in this work, was one of the most substantially and skill-fully built fortifications constructed by the 24th of March, Grant issued instructions to Meade, Ord, and Sheridan,
these were commanders of three distinct and independent armies,--the Potomac, under Meade — the James, under Ord (who had succeeded Butler after the failure to capture Fort Fisher), and the cavalry, under Sheridan; but all acted as a unit under the General command of Grant. for a General movement on the 29th.
Lee had been, for several days, evidently preparing for some important movement, and, on the day after Grant is