the end of the War
[As the Army of the Potomac was now settling down to winter quarters before Petersburg
chaffingly remarked to Lyman
one day toward the end of December: “I have a Christmas present for Mrs. Lyman
--a certain worthless officer whom I shall send home to her.”
And that evening he gave him a 300-day leave, with the understanding that Lyman
was to return with the opening of the active campaign in the spring.
Toward the end of February, Lyman
became restless, and fearing that operations might start in his absence, turned up at Headquarters on March 1.
On going into dinner, he was kindly greeted by General Meade
, who, poor man, although he had just come back from burying his son, managed to say playfully that he would have Lyman court-martialed for returning without orders.
The Appomattox campaign
opened in the spring, with the forces under Grant
numbering 113,000, while those under Lee
were only 49,000.1
The resources of the North
were unimpaired, those of the South
were rapidly vanishing.
On March 25, Lee
made an energetic but unsuccessful sortie.
On April 1, Sheridan
won a brilliant victory at Five Forks
followed this up by attacking all along the line the next day. The result of the engagement was that the Confederate Army was cut in halves, and Grant
established himself between the two parts.