and met Sheridan about 10 A. M. on the Five Forks road not far from J. Boisseau's house.
Ayres had his division on this road, having arrived about daylight; and Griffin had reached J. Boisseau's between 7 and 8 A. M. I had a full conference with Sheridan, in which he told me that the force in front of him had fallen back early in corps to move up the Gravelly Run Church road to the open ground near the church, and form in order of battle, with Ayres on the left, Crawford on his right, and Griffin in rear as a reserve.
The corps was to wheel to the left and make its attack upon the angle, and then, moving westward, sweep down in rear of the enemy's intrenc preparations to protect his own detached command from a possible attack by Lee's army in the morning.
He said to me that he had just relieved Warren, and placed Griffin in command of the Fifth Corps.
I had been sending frequent bulletins to the general-in-chief during the day, and now despatched a courier announcing the change o
he has heard it by this time ; and then added: Let the news be circulated among the troops as rapidly as possible.
Grant and Meade both went into camp at Sutherland's Station that evening (April 3). The Army of the Potomac caught but a few hours' sleep, and at three the next morning was again on the march.
The pursuit had now become swift, unflagging, relentless.
Sheridan, the inevitable, as the enemy had learned to call him, was in advance, thundering on with his cavalry, followed by Griffin and the rest of the Army of the Potomac; while Ord was swinging along toward Burkeville to head off Lee from Danville, to which point it was naturally supposed he was pushing in order to unite with Joe Johnston's army.
April 4 was another active day; the troops were made to realize that this campaign was to be won by legs; that the great walking-match had begun, and success depended upon which army could make the best distance record.
Grant rode this day with Ord's troops.
Meade was quit
he President's stand, his spirited horse took the bit in his teeth, and made a dash past the troops, rushing by the reviewing officers like a tornado; but he found more than a match in Custer, and was soon checked, and forced back to his proper position.
When the cavalryman, covered with flowers, afterward rode by the reviewing officials, the people screamed with delight.
After the cavalry came Parke, who might well feel proud of the prowess of the Ninth Corps, which followed him; then Griffin, riding at the head of the gallant Fifth Corps; then Humphreys and the Second Corps, of unexcelled valor.
Wright's Sixth Corps was greatly missed from the list, but its duties kept it in Virginia, and it was accorded a special review on June 8.
The men preserved their alinement and distances with an ease which showed their years of training in the field.
Their movements were unfettered, their step was elastic, and the swaying of their bodies and the swinging of their arms were as mea