hidden there, gave us a startling exhibition of their ability to blackguard us. About noon we were in line again and on our way to our old camp.
Passing along through the city we saw President Lincoln
and General Grant
, and gave them a marching salute.
Soon reaching camp, we slung our traps, and the same night reached our division fagged out, but ready to push on after Lee
's broken columns.
On the morning of the third we were on the road from Petersburg
Our progress was not very rapid and we saw but little evidence of Lee
During the day we heard firing in our front but as we advanced it seemed to recede.
After a ten-mile march we went into camp by the roadside near an old church.”
The 4th and 5th of April were passed in marching, sometimes slowly, at other times passing along rapidly as if to meet an emergency, and all along were evidences of the disorganized condition of a large portion of the enemy and the straits he was in. But General Longstreet
's corps, which had occupied the works north of the James River
, and therefore had not been engaged in the previous disastrous battles, had come up and now formed the rear guard of the fleeing army.
His troops were still capable of strenuous resistance and maintained a bold front against attacks of cavalry and infantry.
General A. P. Hill
had been killed and his corps assigned to the two other corps making the corps of Longstreet
by no means insignificant bodies of troops.
had the advance, and Longstreet
brought up the rear.
's corps was the one that suffered the most, because it was Grant
's purpose to cut off the retreat of Lee
and compel a surrender.
The 2d and 6th Corps up to this point had been following the rear of the retreating Confederates.