would be killed or captured then and there; and after a while he showed something of his ancient energy.
was ordered, if possible, to force back Parke
, and Lee
himself exerted themselves to stem the tide of flight and chase; the fragments of regiments were gathered up to man the yet uncaptured forts; and Longstreet
was brought from the north side of the James
At forty minutes past ten, the rebel general sent the portentous news to Richmond
: ‘I see no prospect,’ he said, ‘of doing more than holding our position here till night.
I am not certain that I can do that.’
had early detected the movement of Longstreet
At 10.45 A. M., he said to Weitzel
: ‘One brigade of Mahone
's division is here, and no doubt more will be here soon.
Keep in a condition to assault when ordered, or when you may feel the right time has come.’
At 12.50 P. M., he telegraphed to the same commander: ‘Rebel troops are pouring over the Appomattox
Direct General Hartsuff
to demonstrate against them on his front [at Bermuda Hundred
], and, if there is a good showing, attack.
The enemy will evidently leave your front very thin by night.
I think I will direct you to assault by morning.
Make your preparations accordingly.’
Meanwhile, the rebels had made several attempts to regain the lines which had been wrested from them by Parke
These extended for a distance of about four hundred yards on each side of the Jerusalem
road, and included several important forts and redans.
The enemy had for several hours been busily planting guns to command the position, and kept up an incessant sharpshooters' fire; but the