on the north bank of the river, but the enemy avoided that place.
had collected a part of his brigade and made an attack, near New Market
, on the guard which was carrying back the prisoners captured at Waynesboro
, with the view of releasing them, but he did not succeed in that object, though the guard was compelled to retire in great haste.
He then moved towards Richmond
After consultation with General Lee
, at his headquarters near Petersburg
's and McCausland
's brigades were ordered to report to him under the command of General Rosser
, and I started for the Valley
, by the way of Lynchburg
, to reorganize what was left of my command.
, a despatch was received from General Echols
, stating that Thomas
was moving in East Tennessee
, and threatening Southwestern Virginia
with a heavy force, and I immediately went, by train, to Wytheville
From that place I went with General Echols
, on the state line between Virginia
, and it was ascertained, beyond doubt, that some important movement by the enemy was on foot.
We then returned to Abingdon
, and while I was engaged in endeavoring to organize the small force in that section, so as to meet the enemy in the best way we could, I received, on the 30th of March, a telegraphic despatch from General Lee
, directing me to turn over the command in Southwestern Virginia
to General Echols
, and in the Valley
to General Lomax
, and informing me that he would address a letter to me at my home.
I complied at once with this order and thus terminated my military career.
In the afternoon of the 30th of March, after having turned over the command to General Echols
, I rode to Marion
in Smythe County
and was taken that night with a cold and cough so violent as to produce hemorrhage