He pushed forward at once to ascertain whether the enemy had retired.
were notified of the report, and instructed also to push forward skirmishers to discover the condition of the enemy.
At four o'clock, Parke
succeeded in penetrating the line in his front at all points almost simultaneously, capturing the few remaining pickets.
's brigade, of Wilcox
's division, was the first to enter the town, near the Appomattox
, and to Colonel Ely
the formal surrender was made at 4.28 A. M. . The Sixth corps also advanced, and the authorities must have been anxious to capitulate, for a second communication surrendering the town was forwarded by Wright
The flag of the Sixth Michigan sharpshooters was raised on the court-house, and guards were posted throughout the town.
By the prompt efforts of officers and troops the main structure of the bridge was saved.
Skirmishers were then pushed across the river, and numbers of stragglers were captured both in the city and outskirts.
At ten minutes past five Meade
reported to Grant
: ‘Colonel Ely
is in possession of Petersburg
;’ and Grant
instantly replied: ‘You will march immediately with your army up the Appomattox
, taking the River
road, leaving one division to hold Petersburg
and the railroad.’
He followed this with a personal interview, and at six o'clock Meade
issued his orders to the corps commanders.
's division of the Second corps was on the extreme left of the investing force, nearest the river, and Meade
: ‘Send Mott
up the River
road to join Humphreys
as soon as possible.
Move with your whole corps at once, following Mott
, and keeping control of him until he shall report to Humphreys