passed by the rear of both Humphreys
, and was now marching for Prince Edward, according to Grant
's orders of the night before.
At this juncture, when Humphreys
was unsupported north of the river, Ord
, and Wright
entangled on the southern bank, with the bridges destroyed, and no one to direct the corps commanders —for Sheridan
had moved forward on the road to Prince Edward, while Meade
was still at the rear at High bridge
—Grant arrived at Farmville
, riding up from Burksville junction.
He at once ordered Crook
to ford the river and proceed to the support of Humphreys
, and the cavalry waded belly-deep across the Appomattox
Next, a re-assuring message was sent to Humphreys
: ‘Your note of 1.20 P. M. to Major General Meade
is just seen.
of your corps and Crook
's cavalry are both across the river at this point.
The Sixth and Twenty-fourth corps are here.
The enemy cannot cross at Farmville
The army of the James was then ordered out of the way, to follow Sheridan
on the road to Prince Edward, and Wright
was directed to build a foot-bridge for his infantry, and to bring up pontoons for the artillery and the trains.
These orders were all obeyed, and before dark Wright
's column was filing across the Appomattox
was fighting on the northern bank, and Ord
far on the road to Prince Edward.
had been waiting the arrival of Barlow
and the Sixth corps; but heavy firing was heard in the direction of Farmville
, which he supposed to proceed from the guns of Wright