might be forwarded to White House
, on the Pamunkey river
He was anxious now about the crossing of the Pamunkey
, which the enemy was sure to oppose with a heavy force.
His scouts notified him that Pickett
and Fitz Lee
had returned from Lynchburg
, and that Longstreet
was preparing to move to prevent the passage of the river; but no advance had yet occurred.
, however, very well knew that the rebels would be unable to intercept him unless they marched to White House
, or in that direction.
He, therefore, determined to push boldly towards Richmond
, and thus force them to come out and meet him at Ashland
Then he would himself withdraw, cross the North and South Anna
rivers, and march rapidly round to White House
before the rebels could arrive.
accordingly proceeded by different roads towards Ashland
, and Longstreet
was found only four miles from that place, with Pickett
's infantry and Fitz Lee
The feint had completely succeeded, and Sheridan
's course was now entirely clear.
One brigade was left to amuse the enemy, while the remainder of the command made haste to cross the North Anna
and take up the line of march for White House
was unable to operate on the Chickahominy
, for Grant
had given directions to Ord
to send out a sufficient force to hold the region along that river.
As soon, however, as the rebels discovered their mistake, they moved rapidly towards the Pamunkey
, through Hanover court
-house, but were unable to cross the river for lack of pontoons.
At daylight on the 16th, Sheridan
resumed his march, and on the