as reinforced by Humphreys, and by noon the enemy was checked.
As soon as Grant was advised of the situation he directed Meade to take the offensive vigorously, and the enemy was soon driven back.
General Grant had now ridden out to the front, ander one o'clock. He had in the mean time ordered the headquarters camp to be moved to Dabney's Mill.
about two miles from Meade's camp.
Warren's corps was now ordered to move forward again for the purpose of deterring the enemy from detaching in of Sheridan's operations.
He took in the situation in an instant, and at once telegraphed the substance of my report to Meade, and preparations soon began looking to the sending of Warren's corps and Mackenzie's small division of cavalry to report its destination in ample time to take the offensive about daybreak; but one delay after another was met with, and Grant, Meade, and Sheridan spent a painfully anxious night in hurrying forward the movement.
Ayres's division of Warren's corps had t
Grant was anxious to have the different commands move against the enemy's lines at once to prevent Lee from withdrawing troops and sending them against Sheridan.
Meade was all activity, and so alive to the situation, and so anxious to carry out the orders of the general-in-chief, that he sent word that he was going to have the trrom the Rapidan to Petersburg, their cheers broke forth with a will, and their enthusiasm knew no limit.
The general galloped along toward the right, and soon met Meade, with whom he had been in constant communication, and who had been urging on the Army of the Potomac with all vigor.
Congratulations were rapidly exchanged, and both went to pushing forward the good work.
Grant, after taking in the situation, directed both Meade and Ord to face their commands more toward the east, and close up toward the inner-lines which covered Petersburg.
Lee had been pushed so vigorously that he seemed for a time to be making but little effort to recover any of his l
ween 5 and 6 A. M. the general had a conference with Meade, and orders were given to push westward with all hasmong the troops as rapidly as possible.
Grant and Meade both went into camp at Sutherland's Station that evence record.
Grant rode this day with Ord's troops.
Meade was quite sick, and had to take at times to an ambulfrom Burkeville and Farmville, and then went over to Meade's camp near by. Meade was lying down, and still suffMeade was lying down, and still suffering from illness.
His views differed somewhat from General Grant's regarding the movements of the Army of thrth side of the Appomattox, conferred in person with Meade, and rode with his columns.
Encouraging reports camin a large white farm-house a few hundred yards from Meade's camp.
The general and several of the staff had cue way of rations.
That night we sampled the fare of Meade's hospitable mess, and once more lay down with full e staff, and the general was induced to walk over to Meade's headquarters with us and get some coffee, in the h
nine miles east of the latter place, Lieutenant Charles E. Pease of Meade's staff overtook him with a despatch.
It was found to be a reply f Grant, Commanding U. S. Armies.
Pease also brought a note from Meade saying that, at Lee's request, he had read the communication addreste of the letter from Lee that Lieutenant Pease had brought in from Meade's lines.
Lee was so closely pressed that he was anxious to communwhich column Grant was moving, he sent in one copy of his letter on Meade's front, and one on Sheridan's. Colonel Newhall joined our party, anation of the temporary truce, and asked Babcock to write a line to Meade informing him of the situation.
Babcock wrote accordingly, requesting Meade to maintain the truce until positive orders from Grant could be received.
To save time, it was arranged that a Union officer, acco letter through the enemy's lines.
This route made the distance to Meade nearly ten miles shorter than by the roundabout way of the Union li
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Before parting Lee asked Grant to notify Meade of the surrender, fearing that fighting might break out on that front, and lives be uselessly lost.
This request was complied with, and two Union officers were sent through the enemy's lines as the shortest route to Meade, some of Lee's officersMeade, some of Lee's officers accompanying them to prevent their being interfered with.
A little before four o'clock General Lee shook hands with General Grant, bowed to the other officers, and with Colonel Marshall left the room.
One after another we followed, and passed out to the porch.
Lee signaled to his orderly to bring up his horse, and while the animal was being bridled the general stood on the lowest step, and gazed sadly in the direction of the valley beyond, where his army lay-now an army of prisoners.
pitol, and moved along Pennsylvania Avenue toward Georgetown.
The width and location of that street made it an ideal thoroughfare for such a purpose.
Martial music from scores of bands filled the air, and when familiar war-songs were played the spectators along the route joined in shouting the chorus.
Those oftenest sung and most applauded were, When this cruel war is over, When Johnny comes marching home, and Tramp, tramp, tramp!
The boys are marching.
At the head of the column rode Meade, crowned with the laurels of four years of warfare.
The plaudits of the multitude followed him along the entire line of march; flowers were strewn in his path, and garlands decked his person and his horse.
He dismounted after having passed the reviewing-stand, stepped upon the platform, and was enthusiastically greeted by all present.
Then came the cavalry, with the gallant Merritt at their head, commanding in the absence of Sheridan.
The public were not slow to make recognition of the f