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waiting at Rice's Station, a corps of Confederate infantry under General Ewell, composed of Anderson's, Kershaw's, and Custis Lee's divisions. Stagg's brigade and Miller's battery, which, as I have said, had been left at the forks of the Deatonsvilcavalry, found himself suddenly beset by this new danger from his rear. To meet it, he placed Kershaw to the right and Custis Lee to the left of the Rice's Station road, facing them north toward and some little distance from Sailor's Creek, supporti directions the Sixth Corps had been following my route of march since the discovery, about 9 o'clock in the morning, that Lee had decamped from Amelia Court House. Grant had promptly informed me of this in a note, saying. The Sixth Corps will go ut two miles, part of the Sixth Corps following to clinch a victory which not only led to the annihilation of one corps of Lee's retreating army, but obliged Longstreet to move up to Farmville, so as to take a road north of the Appomattox River towa
s of cars at the depot loaded with supplies for Lee's army; these had been sent from Lynchburg, in depot, feeling their way along, in ignorance of Lee's exact position. As he had the original despak pains to dwell upon the pitiable condition of Lee's army, he had little difficulty in persuading y beyond the village the bivouac undoubtedly of Lee's army. The troops did not seem to be disposedr that while such discussions are going on, General Lee should have continued his march and attempting. I will entertain no terms except that General Lee shall surrender to General Grant on his arrneral Meade's lines back on the road over which Lee had been retreating. General Longstreet rentox Station and established a line intercepting Lee: cavalry headquarters, April 8, 1865-9:20 P. Me re-entered General Grant was writing; and General Lee, having in his hand two depatches, which I er the fighting had been stopped, notifying General Lee that some of his cavalry in front of Crook [25 more...]
orps having reached Danville meanwhile. At South Boston I received a despatch from General Halleck, who immediately after Lee's surrender had been assigned to command at Richmond, informing me that General Johnston had been brought to terms. The najor-general as you may select — that he will be allowed to surrender all his forces on the same terms as were accorded to Lee and Johnston. If he accedes, proceed to garrison the Red River as high up as Shreveport, the seaboard at Galveston, Malag of the Red River received word from General Canby that Kirby Smith had surrendered under terms similar to those accorded Lee and Johnston. But the surrender was not carried out in good faith, particularly by the Texas troops, though this I did nong made to arrest him personally. Had this been specially desired it might have been accomplished very readily just after Lee's surrender, for it was an open secret that Early was then not far away, pretty badly disabled with rheumatism. By the