said: ‘Leaving one division to guard Petersburg
and the railroad, move with the rest of your command up the Cox road.’
At the same time Grant
dispatched an officer to Sheridan
, announcing the fall of the city, and ordering him to push to the Danville
road with all speed, with Humphreys
, as well as the cavalry.
Before the troops were in motion, the generalin-chief telegraphed to City Point
for the President
was evacuated last night.
Pursuit will be made immediately.’
He had already said to Ord
: ‘Efforts will be made to intercept the enemy, who are evidently pushing towards Danville
Push southwest with your command by the Cox road.
The army of the Potomac will push up the River
's first orders were—not to follow Lee
, but to intercept him, moving his whole command by the south side of the Appomattox
towards the Danville railroad, while Lee
was hastening on the northern bank to cross, as he had said, at Goode
It was characteristic of the national general that he was not satisfied with pursuit.
One division was left in Petersburg
, and the army, without even entering the town it had besieged for nearly a year, was hurried westward to get in front of its retreating enemy.
now telegraphed: ‘I do not doubt but you will march into Richmond
Take possession of the city.
Establish guards, and preserve order until I get there.
Permit no man to leave town after you get possession.
The army here will endeavor to cut off
the retreat of the enemy.’
At nine o'clock, the general-in-chief rode into