was with his cavalry near the Court House
, when the Army of Virginia made its last charge
. By his order, his troopers, who were in line of battle, dismounted, gave ground gradually, while showing a steady front, so as to allow our weary infantry time to form and take position.
This effected, the horsemen moved swiftly to the right and mounted, revealing lines of solid infantry in battle array, before whose wall of gleaming bayonets the astonished enemy recoiled in blank despair, as Sheridan
and his troopers, passing briskly around the Rebel
left, prepared to charge the confused, reeling masses.
A white flag was now waved by the enemy before Gen. Custer
, who held our cavalry advance, with the information that they had concluded to surrender.
Riding over to Appomattox C. H., Sheridan
was met by Gen. Gordon
, who requested a suspension of hostilities, with the assurance that negotiations were then pending between Gens. Grant
for a capitulation.
, before reaching Sheridan's head quarters, had received the following additional note:
The two commanders met immediately at the dwelling of Mr. W. McLean
, near the Court House
The interview was brief: the business in hand frankly discussed, as became soldiers.
Three commissioners on either side were appointed; but the day's work was done by the chiefs, and its result summed up in these concluding letters: