orce was again encountered, ready to accept the gage of battle.
Lee assumed a position in advance of the Chickahominy, covering the Virginia Central and Fredericksburg and Richmond railroads.
His line of battle, as thus formed, faced northeastward.
This front of opposition compelled dispositions to dislodge the Confederate force before essaying the passage of the Chickahominy.
The cavalry was immediately pushed out on the Hanover road, and at a point known as Hawes' Shop, the brigades of Davies, Gregg, and Custer became warmly engaged, on the afternoon of the 28th, with the Confederate cavalry under Fitz Hugh Lee and Hampton.
The troopers, as usual, dismounted, and for several hours fought with great obstinacy, and unusually large loss—Sheridan losing upwards of four hundred, and the Confederates nearly double that number.
The combat ended, however, in Sheridan's retaining possession of this important junction of roads, which enabled the entire line of the army to be thrown forwa
avalry under General Sheridan, joined by the division now under General Davies, will move at the same time by the Weldon road and the Jerusaleve Forks, or White Oak road, and directed General Crook to send General Davies' brigade of his division to the support of General Devin.
Gr body encountered a considerable opposition, he re-enforced it with Davies' brigade of Crook's division, while Crook, with his other two briga
With his two brigades Crook held this body in check, and Devin and Davies moved upon and seized Five Forks, which at the moment was guarded bThey then effected a crossing higher up the creek, and falling upon Davies' brigade forced it back against the left flank of Devin's division,tempt to escape by that flank.
On the morning of the 5th, Brigadier-General Davies, with a mounted force, advanced to Paine's Cross-roads, wh's brigades of the Second Cavalry Division were sent out to support Davies, and some heavy fighting ensued—the Confederates having sent a cons
rprise, 133; Sumner ordered to cross the Chickahominy to support Heintzelman, 136; Couch's force bisected by G. W. Smith, 136; Sumner reaches Couch in rear of, 137; Confederates finally driven back by Sumner, 138; the fighting next day skirmishing only, 139.
Final campaign, 1865,565; Five Forks' battle—see Five Forks and Retreat.
Fisher's Hill, Early's retreat to after battle of Winchester, 558; the battle of, 559.
Five Forks, Sheridan's movement to wards, 591; captured by Devin and Davies, 591; Lee sends two divisions to, 592; Union cavalry driven to Dinwiddie Courthouse, 592; Lee's weakness discovered— Sheridan puts his whole force in motion, 594; Five Forks and Petersburg, 595; situation of the opposing forces, 595; Sheridan's feint on Lee's right, and attack on left on White Oak road, 596; the desperate position of the Confederates, 598; remnant of Lee's troops at, fled westward, 599; the battle over—see now Petersburg, 600.
Fleetwood, cavalry action at, 313. Fort Gilme<