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was offered. But the rebel artillery was now brought up and opened fire, and Getty fell back to the north of Middletown, where he again made a stand. Custer and Merritt were at this time transferred to the left of the line, to protect the road to Winchester, which Lomax had not seized; and a general retreat was ordered. The condg back. Face the other way! and hundreds of the men turned at once and followed him with cheers. It was ten o'clock when he reached the front, where he found Merritt and Custer's cavalry under Torbert, and Getty's division of the Sixth corps opposing the enemy. He at once determined to fight on Getty's line, transferring Cust carried across Cedar Creek, and Early had also succeeded in passing his own artillery; but Custer now found a ford west of the road, and Devin, with a brigade of Merritt's cavalry, another to the east; each made the crossing just after dark, and dashing across the creek, they got among the wagons and artillery; then, passing throu
If Stoneman has not yet got off on his expedition, start him at once with whatever force you can give him. He will not meet with opposition now that can not be overcome by fifteen hundred men. If I am not much mistaken, he will be able to come within fifty miles of Lynchburg. On the 19th of March, Sheridan arrived at White House with his command. He had started from Winchester on the 27th of February, with ten thousand men, all cavalry. Custer and Devin were his division generals, and Merritt was chief of cavalry. He took four days rations in haversacks, and fifteen days coffee, sugar, and salt in wagons, thirty pounds of forage for each horse, eight ambulances, and his ammunition train. Only two other wagons and a pontoon train for eight boats accompanied the command. His orders were to destroy the Virginia Central railroad and the James river canal, capture Lynchburg, if practicable, and then join Sherman, wherever he might be found, or return to Winchester; but, with regar
trains and the roads connecting with Meade. Merritt was thrown forward on the principal road to t, striking at Davies's brigade on the left of Merritt, he forced it back after a gallant fight, ande by the rear rank and abandon the pursuit of Merritt, which, if continued, would have taken in flaan's lines. Dinwiddie, however, was held. Merritt and Davies, with their commands, reached the d to drive the rebels back to Five Forks with Merritt's column, press them into their works, and matroy the entire army of Northern Virginia. Merritt accordingly was directed to press the enemy, o hold the national column in check, and when Merritt's line was formed and ready to attack, they gks in front were carried at several points by Merritt's men, while the Fifth corps doubled up the ld were followed by Griffin, and afterwards by Merritt's cavalry. Sheridan, meanwhile, had been gforce that had been detached from his army. Merritt went into camp west and south of the Forks, a[10 more...]
now nearly five miles away, and for a while the general-in-chief was anxious about the fate of Miles. There was evidently a movement to the west by the troops cut off from Lee, and these might concentrate upon the isolated command and destroy it before they retired. Humphreys was accordingly ordered to send another division to the support of Miles. He went himself with Hays's division, while Mott took position on the left of the line encircling Petersburg. Sheridan meantime had sent Merritt westward to cross Hatcher's run, and break up the rebel cavalry, which had assembled in considerable force north of the stream; but the rebels would not stand to fight, and the national troopers pursued them in a northerly direction to the borders of the Appomattox river. Sheridan himself with the Fifth corps crossed Hatcher's run, and struck the Southside railroad, north of Five Forks; then, meeting with no opposition, he marched rapidly towards Sutherland, and came up in flank and rear o
t only a small force confronted his advance. Merritt and Mackenzie were miles away on the right, f, where Sheridan had slept the night before. Merritt had also now come up, and was placed on the lupon them on the other flank with Griffin and Merritt's troops, now hidden behind the ridge. He mos opinion prevailed. Attack was delayed, and Merritt was transferred to the right of the army. a point further on. Then Crook was to follow Merritt's example, and so on, alternately, until one oggedly again. On Sheridan's left, Crook and Merritt were executing the manoeuvre he had directed,portant to detain this force until Crook and Merritt could perform their task, and the Sixth corps large force of the enemy from moving against Merritt's cavalry. At four o'clock, the head of thcrossed to the north side of the Appomattox. Merritt was, therefore, pushed forward on the souther in the saddle as soon as the sun was up, and Merritt led off, Custer in the advance, followed by D[17 more...]
my a number of prisoners. This force is too strong for us. I will hold on to Dinwiddie courthouse until I am compelled to leave. We have also some prisoners from Johnson's division. Our fighting to-day was all dismounted. P. H. Sheridan, Major-General. Official statement of the effective force of the cavalry under the command of Major-General Sheridan in the operations of Dinwiddie court-house, Virginia, March 31, 1865, and Five Forks, Virginia, April 1, 1865. March 27, 1865.—General Merritt's command, Devin's First and Custer's Third cavalry divisions5,700 General Crook's command, Second cavalry division8,300 —— March 31, 1865.—Total effective force [Authority: General Sheridan's official report, based on returns of effective force as reported by the commanding officers named.]9,000 Deduct losses at Dinwiddie court-house, March 31, 1865 [Authority: General Sheridan's report.]450 April 1, 1865.—Effective cavalry force prior to Mackenzie's arrival8,550 Strength o
am's station, 528; movement against Peeble's farm, III., 70, 72, 77, 78; battle of Hatcher's run, 115-128; movement to destroy Weldon road, 228, 229; movements preliminary to battle of Five Forks, 442-482; final assaults on Petersburg, 500-528; pursuit of Lee, 547-600; at Jetersville, 559, 563; at Appomattox, 600. Memphis, covered by Columbus, i., 22; covered by Corinth 67; Grant's headquarters after fall of Corinth, 106. Meridian, Sherman's expedition against, i., 552-560. Merritt, General, Wesley, in Valley of Virginia, III., 95, 98, 412; at battle of Dinwiddie, 468-472; at battle of Five Forks, 495; pursuit to Appomattox, 524, 547, 552, 560; at battle of Sailor's creek, 573-575; moves on Appomattox court-house, 592. Middle Military Division created, II., 502. miles, General Nelson A., at battle of Ream's station, II., 527; at White Oak road, III., 505; at Sutherland station, 523-525. Milledgeville abandoned by rebels, III., 288. Millen captured by Sherman, III.,