from the heart of Petersburg
Here he dismounted and sat on the ground near a farmer's house, and waited for reports.
The rebel artillerists soon turned their guns against the group of officers and orderlies, and the place seemed hot for a while, even to men who were used to battle; but just as the cannonading began, several officers arrived, and Grant
remained to receive their intelligence, and write his orders in return.
He was thus under fire for nearly a quarter of an hour, and his aides-de-camp, remembering the results that hung upon his life, ventured to suggest a change of position; but he sat unmoved, with his back to a tree, until the reports directed to this spot had all arrived.
Then quietly, but rather maliciously, he remarked: ‘The enemy seems to have the range of this place.
Suppose we ride away.’
A long breath, and a quick gallop, and the general-in-chief
was out of danger.
At 10.45 A. M., he sent word again to the President
: ‘Everything has been carried from the left of the Ninth corps.
The Sixth corps alone captured more than three thousand prisoners. The Second and Twenty-fourth corps both captured forts, guns, and prisoners from the enemy, but I cannot yet tell the number.
We are closing around the works of the city immediately enveloping Petersburg
All looks remarkably well.
I have not yet heard from Sheridan
The wrecks of the rebel army were now tumbling in from every direction towards Petersburg
; cavalry, artillery, and infantry, all in rout and confusion.
Gordon on the left was driven back by Parke
; the centre under Hill
had been pierced and broken and almost destroyed by Wright
; while Heth