national reply had been so hot that every advance in line was at once repelled.
At eleven o'clock, however, a heavy and determined assault was made, but was repulsed at every point with severe loss.
now ordered up two brigades from City Point
to the support of Parke
The line was reversed, and the chevaux-de-frise transferred to the opposite front, while a cross line connected Parke
's new right with the most advanced point of his original position.
Every subsequent effort of the enemy in this direction was repelled.
The desperate attempts to recapture this portion of the line were inspired by its proximity to Petersburg
, which enabled Parke
not only to command an important approach to the town, but with his artillery to threaten the bridge over the Appomattox
, and the only possible exit of Lee
At noon, the left wing under Sheridan
was still unheard from, but the entire national centre and right were faced towards Petersburg
, and approaching from south and west to envelop the town.
remained in the important position he had acquired; the Sixth and Twenty-fourth corps moved rapidly up to connect with the Ninth, and the two divisions of Humphreys
were extending to the Appomattox
on the north.
The rebels, it has been seen, had constructed an interior line of works, running directly around the city, and outside of this was a series of enclosed and isolated forts, commanding the interval between the river and the line of fortifications carried at daybreak.
What was left of the discomfited command of Lee
had now been driven back upon this interior line.
In the retreat several of the rebel batteries were dashingly handled, and inflicted considerable loss on the pursuing force, but with a single