On the night of May 4, Butler's army was embarked on transports and conveyed around to Hampton Roads; and at dawn the next morning 35,000 troops, accompanied by a squadron of war vessels under Admiral Lee, were rapidly ascending the James towards City Point, at the mouth of the Appomattox.
At the same time, Gen. A. V. Kautz, with 3,000 cavalry, moving swiftly from Suffolk, south of the James, struck the Weldon Railway south of Petersburg, and burned a bridge over Stony Creek, while Col. R. M. West, with 1,800 cavalry (mostly colored men), moved from Williamsburg up the north bank of the James, keeping abreast of the grand flotilla.
The bewildered Confederates made no serious opposition to these movements.
A division of National troops took quiet possession of City Point (May 5) and the war vessels took a position above the mouth of the Appomattox.
At the same time a heavy force landed on a triangular piece of land between the James and Appomattox, called Bermuda Hundred, and t