Orders for the retreat.
When the Confederate
lines were carried, orders were given for the evacuation of Richmond
and the concentration of the army at Amelia Courthouse. General Anderson
was directed to move up along the Appomattox
to Amelia Courthouse, and he was joined on the road by the remnants of Pickett
's command and some troops of Hill
's corps, under General Cooke
, who handsomely repelled with severe loss two attacks on him near Sutherlin's Station by General Miles
; but Miles was reinforced, and by a third attack succeeded in forcing these troops from the field in some confusion.
The rear was covered by Fitz Lee
, whose cavalry had done brilliant service in the action at Five Forks
, and in stemming the pursuit undertaken by Sheridan
's cavalry after the Confederate infantry had broken.