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Lee was not detaching any troops with the purpose of crushing Butler's or Sheridan's forces.
This day, May 11, the looked — for despatches arrived, and their contents caused no little excitement at headquarters.
The general, after glancing over the reports hurriedly, stepped to the front of his tent, and read them aloud to the staff-officers, who had gathered about him, eager to learn the news from the cooperating armies.
Butler reported that he had a strongly intrenched position at Bermuda Hundred, in the angle formed by the James and Appomattox rivers; that he had cut the railroad, leaving Beauregard's troops south of the break, and had completely whipped Hill's force.
Sheridan sent word that he had torn up ten miles of the Virginia Central Railroad between Lee's army and Richmond, and had destroyed a large quantity of medical supplies and a million and a half of rations.
The general-in-chief expressed himself as particularly pleased with the destruction of the railroad in rea