to obtain what information he could in regard to the movements of Lee
. The streets were nearly vacant, but here and there groups of women and children gazed curiously at the conqueror.
The negroes came up closer, and a few gave cheers; but the entry into the captured town had none of the formalities of a triumph.
rode through the narrow streets, attended only by his staff, and alighted at the house of a citizen, where he sat in the porch, receiving intelligence and examining prisoners.
Soon an officer from Sheridan
arrived with reports.
‘Before receiving your dispatch,’ said Sheridan
, ‘I had anticipated the evacuation of Petersburg
, and had commenced moving west.
My cavalry is nine miles beyond Namozine creek
, and is pressing the enemy's trains.
I shall push on to the Danville
road as rapidly as possible.’
replied, at 10.20 A. M.: ‘The troops got off from here early, marching by the River
and Cox roads. It is understood that the enemy will make a stand at Amelia court-house
, with the expectation of holding the road between Danville
The first object of present movement will be to intercept Lee
's army, and the second to secure Burksville
I have ordered the road to be put in order up to the latter place as soon as possible.
I shall hold that place if Lee
stops at Danville
, and shall hold it anyhow, until his policy is indicated.
Make your movements according to this programme.’
Soon after this he received a dispatch from City Point
, announcing that the President
was coming up to Petersburg
, and replied: ‘Say to the President
that an officer and escort will attend him, but, as to myself, I start towards the Danville
road with the ’