Instructions had been given early in the day to destroy this bridge with artillery, but the national gunners were unable to reach it, and at mid-day Grant
: ‘If your troops do not reach Richmond
this afternoon, my opinion is that it will be unsafe to spend the night north of the enemy's lower bridge.
I think it advisable to select a line now to which the troops can be brought back to-night, if they do not reach Richmond
This was accordingly done, and a position taken up, extending from the river at Cox
's ferry, to the Darbytown
road, where Kautz
had pushed on to the line of redoubts nearest Richmond
Thus the success of the day was limited to the capture of Fort Harrison
in the morning, and a later advance on the right, by which no especial result was attained.
The advantage gained by Ord
had not been properly pushed at the instant; the enemy was warned and prepared for the second assault; and although the captured work was important, a rebel line of great strength still intervened between the national forces and Richmond
, however, as has been seen, had hardly hoped for better fortune north of the James
, and meanwhile was waiting for developments at the other end of his line.
At 3.50 P. M., he said to Butler
: ‘I send you a despatch just received from General Meade
It would seem probable the enemy have sent but one division from Petersburg
It would be well under such circumstances to hold all the ground we can to-night, and feel out to the right in the morning.’
During the day, the President
sent an anxious