instantly sent word to Ord
has carried the enemy's line, and is pushing in. Now is the time to push your men to the right, leaving your line very thin, and go to his assistance.’
Next came the news of Parke
's assault, and at six o'clock Humphreys
also was ordered to advance.
At 6.40, Grant
sent his first dispatch to City Point
, for the President
: ‘Both Wright
got through the enemy's line.
The battle now rages furiously.
with his cavalry, the Fifth corps, and Miles
's division of the Second corps I sent to him since one this morning, is now sweeping down from the west.
All now looks highly favorable.
is engaged, but I have not yet heard the result on his front.’
Five minutes later, he said to Meade
can put in everything he has except the garrisons of the enclosed works.
is pushing by the shortest road to help Wright
I heard from Sheridan
at 12.30 this morning.’
himself he said: ‘Wright
attacked at daylight this morning, and carried the enemy's works in their front.
's troops, some of them, pushed through to the Boydton
road, and cut the telegraph wire.
is now going in to reinforce Wright
, and Humphreys
is feeling for a soft place in the line south of Hatcher
's run. I think nothing now is wanting but the approach of your force from the west to finish up the job on this side.’
It was time, however, to attend to the other end of the line, for Parke
had reported the check to his advance, and at 7.10 A. M. Grant
said to Meade
: ‘There is more necessity for care on the part of Parke
than of either of the other corps commanders.
As I understand it, he is attacking the main line of works around Petersburg
, whilst the others are only attacking ’