object now—to elude the columns of his adversary, and effect his junction with Johnston
If he succeeded in this, Grant
was baffled and beaten, despite the evacuation of Richmond
, and the rebellion was not over.
So Jefferson Davis
thought, and issued a proclamation from Danville
on the 5th of April, announcing to the people of the South
that their cause was still not lost.
But neither Lee
even yet understood the man with whom they were dealing.
For now began the unintermitted succession of manoeuvres and marches and battles and blows which, unintermitted, could have but one end. While Lee
was making for the Appomattox
and attempting to cross the river and collect his scattered troops at Amelia
pushed rapidly forward for the same point, on the opposite side.
He was aware of Lee
's intention almost as soon as it was formed, and long before night on the 3rd of April, his columns were all in motion for the Danville
road, to intercept his adversary.
On the 4th, the flight was continued on the northern bank, and the parallel movement on the opposite side, Sheridan
stretching ahead in the race, and gaining step by step on the advance of the enemy.
This day Lee
arrived at Amelia
, and Sheridan
came up, not only with his cavalry, but with the head of Griffin
's corps, to Jetersville
, having thus absolutely outmarched the rebel army.
At this point the supplies that Lee
had ordered were intercepted, on their way from Danville
, and the rebel chief was obliged to wait a day and gather food and forage from the inhabitants.
And now the energy of the chief of the advance was not more conspicuous nor commendable than the