White Oak road to join Sheridan
, if the enemy is not started by that time and the Second corps in pursuit.
's division, and what he already has, I think Sheridan
could hold all of Lee
's army that could be got against him till we could get up.’
The corps commanders, however, reported that they could not be ready to assault before morning, and the order was finally made definite for four A. M. Parke
were to attack positively, and Humphreys
, if they found the enemy leaving, or if for any other cause an assault seemed feasible.
was now notified of the movement.
‘An attack,’said Grant
, ‘is ordered for four in the morning at three points on the Petersburg
front; one by the Ninth corps, between the Appomattox
and the Jerusalem plank road, one west of the Welldon road, and the third between that and Hatcher
's run. From your isolated position I can give you no specific directions, but leave you to act according to circumstances.
I would like you, however, to get something done to the Southside
road, even if you do not tear up a mile of it.’
During the night a messenger from Sheridan
arrived, with further reports of the situation.
He was quite prepared to receive an attack from Petersburg
, but proposed himself to march by the White Oak
road in the morning, against the right flank of Lee
. The suggestion was approved by Grant
, who still, however, was apprehensive that the enemy might desert his lines and fall upon Sheridan
, before assistance could arrive, with the hope of driving him from his position, and opening a way for the retreat of the entire rebel army.
To guard against this, not only was Miles
's division sent to reinforce Sheridan