a mile before they reached the point that had been lost in the morning.
, with portions of Ayres
's commands, not only regained the original position held by Ayres
, but drove the enemy to his breastworks, and secured a lodgment on the White Oak
atoned for his fault.
had determined to send Pickett
, with two of the best divisions of infantry and all the cavalry of the rebel army, to destroy the command of Sheridan
The rebel force thus accumulated was nearly eighteen thousand strong,1
and the attack on Warren
was doubtless intended to support the movement, and double up the entire national left.
On the afternoon of March 30th, Pickett
arrived at Five Forks
, and, on the morning of the 31st, he advanced towards Dinwiddie
, his principal column moving by the western road, and one division of cavalry on the direct road to the court-house.
pushed out at the same time from Dinwiddie
, with Merritt
's commands, leaving Custer
at the rear to guard the trains and the roads connecting with