eastward, destroyed the James River canal, then the chief channel of supplies for Richmond, to Columbia, and making a General destruction of bridges over all that region.
everybody is bewildered by our movements, Sheridan said in a dispatch from Columbia.
March 10, 1865. he might have added, had he known the fact, that he had produced the greatest consternation in Richmond.
The Government prhree days' rations for the Army — a nice calculation.
on the night after Sheridan's arrival at Columbia, the Government was so frightened by a rumor that that bold rider was at the outer fortificatioecessity required them to remain as long as possible.
Sheridan halted in Columbia only a day, during which a brigade destroyed the canal as far as Goochland, in the direction ofto sustain the hopeless cause.
At nine o'clock, the Virginia Legislature fled from the City to Columbia, in canal boats.
The Congress had already departed, and all that remained of the Confederate G