river. . . . Crook
has, no doubt, reached the Danville
road before this, and I am moving with the Fifth corps from Deep creek
as rapidly as possible in the direction of Amelia court-house
forwarded a copy of this to Meade
, and directed him: ‘If you cannot find roads free from trains, let your troops pass them and press on, making as long a march to-day as possible.’
At the same time he instructed Meade
to turn the Ninth corps into the Cox road, to guard the railway in the rear of Ord
At 2.30 P. M., Meade
replied: ‘The necessary orders have been sent to General Parke
, who has now one division on the Cox road. . . . I have also directed General Wright
to push ahead with his command as far to-day as is consistent with its efficiency, and, if necessary, turning the Fifth corps and cavalry trains out of the road till he has passed.’
, however, considered that there was no emergency calling for a night march.
The Second corps arrived at Deep creek
between seven and eight o'clock. The men were fatigued, having been marching, working, or standing for fourteen hours; they were out of rations, expecting to receive them during the night.
, therefore, directed Humphreys
to go into bivouac.
During the day Grant
got important news.
Two railroad trains loaded with supplies were on the way from Danville
's army, and had been run up the road to Farmville
He sent the information at once to Sheridan
‘It was understood,’ he said, ‘that Lee
was accompanying his troops, and that he was bound for Danville
by way of Farmville
Unless you have information more positive of the ’