road, and it was soon discovered that the enemy's line was broken, a part moving west in the direction of the Appomattox
, and part still keeping the Deatonsville road.
was coming up at this moment, and Sheridan
sent him word of this important news, requesting him to push on to the right, as he felt confident that together they could break up the enemy.
instantly deflected to the right in pursuit of the fragments which had broken off in the direction of the Appomattox
, and was soon engaged in an independent encounter of his own; while the Sixth corps advanced on the Deatonsville road.
drove the enemy about two miles, through a thick jungle, until the battle reached Sailor's creek, a marshy and difficult stream, running westerly into the Appomattox
From the northern bank Sheridan
could distinguish his own cavalry away to the left, on the high ground south, and the long line of smoke from the burning wagons.
had pushed on steadily in the overlapping movement, forded the creek a mile or two above the infantry, and swept around carefully to the opposite side of a ridge that rose in front of Wright
; and a young cavalryman, named William Richardson
, of Custer
's brigade, who had cleared the rebel troops in a charge beyond the crest, and come through their lines, now reported to Sheridan
the position of Merritt
The cavalry was on the left flank of the road which Wright
was following, behind the ridge, but approaching it rapidly.
had the right, next to the ridge, Crook
the centre, and Devin
was on the left; Custer
not having broken off from the right in the overlapping movement when the point of attack was reached.