have fallen on the enemy's rear, as they were pursuing Ayres
In the midst of this important battle, Grant
was looking anxiously for news from North Carolina
, and in the same dispatch to Sheridan
, he said: ‘I would like you to get information from the Weldon
I understand the enemy have some infantry and a brigade of cavalry at Stony creek
station; I think it possible, too, that Johnston
may be brought up that road to attack us in rear.
They will see now that Sherman
has halted at Goldsboro
, and may think they can leave Raleigh
with a small force.’
There was a delay of several hours before the Fifth corps was ready, and Meade
evidently shared the feeling in regard to Warren
that was entertained by Sheridan
‘You know,’ he said to Humphreys
, ‘the difficulty of getting two brigades to advance simultaneously.
Miles has done handsomely in relieving Warren
, and I should be glad to see him take the enemy's line.
But if this is dependent on a simultaneous movement, past experience bids me despair.’
At 2.50 P. M., becoming impatient, Meade
sent word by his chief of staff to Warren
: ‘Since Miles is already well forward from your right flank, the general commanding considers that that must be secure.
Miles is ordered to take the enemy's works, supported by his own corps.
You will see the necessity of moving as soon as possible.’
never seemed to appreciate the tremendous importance, in battle, of time.