and manoeuvres and flanking movements with which his antagonist was wont to harass and overtake and destroy a flying foe.
Instead of moving, as Lee
must have expected, if he made the remark attributed to him, behind and after the rebel army, Grant
's idea from the first was to head and intercept his adversary.
His plan was to move on the south side of the Appomattox
and reach Burksville
in advance of the enemy; and, instead of abandoning the railroads, Grant
intended to put them in order as he marched.
He knew already that the rebels must strike for Amelia courthouse, and they had hardly started when he directed Sheridan
to cross their path.
His dispatches and orders were full of these designs.
On the 3rd of April, he said to Ord
: ‘Efforts will be made to intercept the enemy, who are evidently pushing for Danville
Push south-west with your command.’
: ‘It is understood that the enemy will make a stand at Amelia court-house
. . . . The first object of present movement will be to intercept Lee
's army, the second to secure Burksville
I have ordered the railroad to be put in order up to the latter place.’
: ‘It is my intention to take Burksville
The railroad from Petersburg
can soon be put in order.’
To the President
: ‘I want to cut off as much of the enemy as possible.’
The columns moved according to orders, Sheridan
in advance, on the River
and Namozine roads, followed by Griffin
, and then Meade
; the Ninth corps stretching along behind, while Ord
marched direct for Burksville
, on the line of the Southside railroad.
The Second corps had now been restored to Meade