infantry, and greatly outnumbered Sheridan
, and the cavalry leader soon sent back, urging Ord
to hasten forward; at the same time he directed Crook
to fall back slowly, and sacrifice no more men in trying to check this heavy force.
, and a division of colored troops were ensconced in the woods, waiting for orders to advance.
It looked as if Sheridan
was deserting the field, and meant to allow the rebel army to pass.
's men gave once more the battle-yell, and quickened their pace, and doubled their fire, when suddenly, the cavalry having all retired, the infantry line emerged from the woods, and —the Rebellion
The rebels neglected to fire, and their line rolled back, wavering and staggering, with the certainty that they were doomed.
The three commands of infantry all advanced at the double-quick step, covering the valley and all the adjacent hillsides, while Sheridan
moved briskly around to the enemy's left, and was about to charge on the confused mass, when Lee
sent forward a white flag with a request for a cessation of hostilities.
rode over to Appomattox court-house, and there met Generals Gordon
of the rebel army, who informed him that negotiations for a surrender were pending between Grant
, however, declared that, if this were so, the attack upon his lines with a view to escape should not have been made, and he must have some assurance that a surrender was intended.
personally gave, and an agreement was made to meet again in half an hour.
At the specified time a second interview was had, Ord
now accompanying Sheridan
; and Longstreet