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Chapter 6: Appomattox. The darkest hours before the dawn of April 9, 1865, shrouded the Fifth Corps sunk in feverish sleep by the roadside six miles away from Appomattox Station on the Southside Road. Scarcely is the first broken dream begun when a cavalryman comes splashing down the road and vigorously dismounts, pulling f
By sunrise we have reached Appomattox Station, where Sheridan has left the captured trains.
A staff officer is here to turn us square to the right, to the Appomattox River, cutting across Lee's retreat.
Already we hear the sharp ring of the horse-artillery, answered ever and anon by heavier field guns; and drawing nearer, the r inferences or judgments.
In accordance with Lee's instructions several flags were sent out at important points along his own line, and several came in on our Appomattox front.
The flagbearers I refer to were Capt. P. M. Jones, now U. S. District Judge in Alabama, and Capt. Brown of Georgia.
I was doubtful of my duty.