finding that Meade
made no attack, the rebel general, in the night, with admirable secrecy and skill, did exactly what Sheridan
had foretold, and what Grant
, as soon as he arrived on the spot and understood the situation, concurred in anticipating-he moved again by his right flank; and before Grant
had time to reverse the arrangements of Meade
, the army of Northern Virginia was once more on the march.
Not, however, to escape unhurt or entire.
Instantly changing the direction of his columns, Grant
again disposed them, not only to pursue, but again to intercept his adversary.
Then came the exciting race, and all the movements by which Ord
in front long enough for Sheridan
to attack in flank with Wright
and the cavalry, and Humphreys
to come up with the rear—as complete a strategical success as was ever achieved.
The whole rebel rearguard was annihilated.
, soldiers, arms, and ammunition were the prize.
But even now a portion of the enemy had escaped, and with marvellous resolution and endurance was pressing on. No grander exhibition of fortitude has ever been made than on this march.
The chance of reaching Johnston
was quite gone.
himself could not have hoped to save any force that could ever resist an army again.
His officers and men understood the situation as well as he. But the subordinates were steadfast and loyal to their leader, and the chief was stubborn to the last.
During the night of the 6th, the rebels again evaded the army of the James.
On the 7th, the Appomattox
was crossed, over burning bridges and amid exploding forts.
The wagons were ablaze and