At 9.40 P. M. on the 30th, Meade
was instructed: ‘You need not advance to-morrow, unless in your judgment an advantage can be gained, but hold on to what you have, and be ready to advance.
We must be greatly superior to the enemy in numbers on one flank or the other, and by working around at each end, we will find where the enemy's weak point is.’
To Butler Grant
described the operations on the left, and said: ‘This would look as if no heavy force had been sent north of the James
I think it will be advisable for you to reconnoitre up the Darbytown
road, and if there appears to be any chance for an advance, make it.’
No further movement of importance, however, occurred on either front.
The enemy modified his defensive line north of the James
, and Grant
strengthened Fort Harrison
and turned its guns against those who had constructed it, while Butler
pushed out his cavalry as far as the fortifications on the Charles City
road; but neither army attempted another assault.
On the 1st of October, Warren
were each attacked on the extreme left, but each repulsed the enemy; on the 2nd, Meade
advanced his whole force and discovered the rebels, withdrawn to their main line, and refusing battle outside of fortifications.
The necessary works were then laid out, and the national line was extended from the Weldon
road to the position gained at Peeble
This was a little more than a mile from the Boydtown
road, and not more than two miles from the Southside railroad.
In these operations there were about sixty-six thousand men engaged on a side.
lost on the