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Chapter 34:

  • Flight of Lee from Petersburg
  • -- expectation of joining Johnston -- Grant moves to intercept Lee -- demoralization of enemy -- orders to Sherman-parallel advance of Sheridan, Ord, and Meade -- Sheridan Intercepts Lee at Jetersville -- unselfishness of Meade -- army of Potomac moves by night without rations -- Jefferson Davis at Burksville -- further instructions to Sherman—‘rebel armies only strategic points to strike at’ -- Meade arrives at Jetersville -- difference of opinion between Meade and Sheridan-Sheridan's dispatch to Grant—‘I wish you were here yourself’ -- Grant's night ride to Jetersville -- Grant reverses arrangements of Meade -- retreat of Lee from Jetersville -- strategical dispositions of Grant -- sufferings of enemy -- Ord arrives at Burksville -- Read's gallant fight at High bridge-advance of army of Potomac -- Urgency of Grant -- enemy encompassed on every side -- battle of Sailor's creek -- dispositions of Sheridan -- arrival of Sixth corps -- movements of Humphreys -- success of Sheridan's manoeuvres -- simultaneous attack of Wright and Merritt -- capture of Ewell's command -- flight of Lee to Farmville -- Sheridan moves to Prince Edward -- advance of Ord to Farmville -- retreat of Lee across Appomattox -- Humphreys crosses in pursuit -- fighting on Northern bank-complicated situation at Farmville -- arrival of Grant -- Disentanglement of corps -- Ord, Griffin, and Crook sent to Prince Edward -- Grant demands surrender of Lee -- Lee refuses to surrender -- advance of both wings of national command -- Sheridan arrives at Appomattox -- Intercepts Lee -- arrival of Ord and Griffin -- Lee attempts to break through national lines -- fails -- rebel army completely surrounded -- Lee offers to surrender -- interview at Appomattox -- terms granted to Lee -- rations sent to rebel army -- Second interview at Appomattox -- Gratitude of rebel officers-grant returns to Washington -- army of Northern Virginia lays down its arms -- Lee a prisoner in Richmond -- summary of campaign -- foresight of Grant -- contest between genius of two commanders -- designs of Lee-combinations and energy of Grant -- annihilation of rebel army Seventyfour thousand prisoners.

On the morning of the 3rd of April, the scattered portions of Lee's command were all in flight by different roads in the valley of the Appomattox. The garrison of Richmond and the troops from Bermuda Hundred neck were crowding down from the north,

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