the White Oak
road, and three regiments by the Boydton
road in the direction of Dinwiddie
At seven o'clock, Grant
had further intelligence.
, of his own staff, arrived from the front.
He had left before the battle was over, but brought word that Sheridan
would contest the ground foot by foot, and could hold the position at Dinwiddie
also thought the time had come when the enemy could be forced to fight in the open field, and the national troops should make their blows decisive.
Grant at once took an encouraging view of the situation, and expressed the belief that, having the rebels outside of their works, he would now be able to strike a final blow.
He waited, however, for further news before taking definite action.
Meanwhile he telegraphed to Meade
: ‘Colonel Porter
has returned from Sheridan
He says that Devin
has been driven back in considerable confusion south of Boisseau's house.
The effort has been to get our cavalry on to the White Oak
road west of W. Dabney's house.
So far this has failed, and there is no assurance that it will succeed.
This will make it necessary for Warren
to watch his left all round.
The cavalry being where it is will probably make the enemy very careful about coming round much in his rear, but he cannot be too much on his guard.’
As yet, Grant
's anxiety was almost exclusively for Warren
But, at 7.40 P. M., an aide-de-camp of Sheridan arrived with full reports, and the general-in-chief instantly ordered Meade
: ‘Let Warren
draw back at once to his position on the Boydton
road, and send a division of infantry to Sheridan
The troops ’