seventeen miles, and on the 9th, Wright
to the vicinity of Appomattox
, where both commanders were halted by a flag of truce from Lee
From Buffalo river
, where he camped, Sheridan
, early on the 8th, sent a dispatch to Grant
, with information derived from Merritt
, who was in the advance: ‘If this is correct,’ he said, ‘the enemy must have taken the Pine
road north of the Appomattox
I will move on Appomattox court-house.
Should we not intercept the enemy, and he be forced into Lynchburg
, his surrender is then beyond question.’
The troopers were in the saddle as soon as the sun was up, and Merritt
led off, Custer
in the advance, followed by Devin
At Prospect station
the command was joined by Crook
, who now brought up the rear.
Soon after the march began, Sheridan
's scouts reported four trains of cars at Appomattox station, five miles south of the court-house, loaded with supplies for Lee
. These were doubtless the same supplies that had been chased from Burksville
, and from Farmville
; for days they were almost in sight but never in reach of the famished enemy.
were promptly notified, and the entire command pushed briskly on for twenty-eight miles, halting only once for rest and water.
It was a day of uneventful marching; hardly a human being was encountered on the way. The country was enchanting; the peach orchards were blossoming in the southern spring, the fields had been peacefully ploughed for the coming crops, the buds were beginning to swell, and a touch of verdure was perceptible on the trees and along the hillsides.