vance of the enemy is checked.
He urges an attack by all the infantry.
The major general
commanding sends this for your information, and feels sure that all will appreciate the necessity of rapid movement.’
was still at Jetersville
, to be as near as possible to his various columns, and at five minutes past two, he notified Sheridan
of the situation.
‘From this point,’ he said, ‘General Humphreys
can be seen advancing over General Vaughn
The enemy occupied that place two hours ago with artillery and infantry.
is further to the right, and has been urged to push on. He is no doubt doing so. Wright
is pushing out on the road you are on, and will go in with a vim any place you dictate
has sent two regiments out to Farmville
to destroy the bridge, and is entrenching the balance of his command at Burk
If your information makes it advisable for him to move out, notify him, and he will do so.’
To this Sheridan
replied from Flat creek
: ‘The enemy's trains are moving on the pike through Deatonsville, in the direction of Burksville station.
I am just getting ready to attack them.
I have notified General Ord
During the morning it had still been possible that the rebel chief might attempt to make a detour entirely around the national left, and head the remains of his command for Danville
, in the hope of finally effecting a junction with Johnston
's army; but, as the day waned, it became manifest that Lee
had abandoned any such design, and was crowding all his force with desperate haste into the roads to Farmville
accordingly turned his columns in the same direction, to close around the fugitives.