, with a force of forty-five hundred men, was directed to move upon the defenses of the city on the east along the City Point Road
, while General Kautz
, with a force of cavalry (stated in the Federal
reports at thirteen hundred men and four pieces of artillery), was to attack on the south of the town on the Jerusalem Plank Road
As General Kautz
had some fifteen miles to travel, and General Gilmore
only four, the latter was to time his movements so that they could attack as nearly simultaneously as possible upon hearing the sound of the other's guns.