, which I will attempt to-night.
This I shall hold as long as practicable, but, without reenforcements, I may have to evacuate the city very shortly.
In that event I shall retire in the direction of Drury's Bluff, defending the crossing of Appomattox River and Swift Creek.
After the receipt of this despatch, Kershaw's division was ordered to proceed during the night to Bermuda Hundreds, and a little later the order was extended to continue the march to Petersburg.
The fighting on Beauregad constancy which could only be fully developed and exhibited under the extreme tests endured, and by the high types of men who became our leaders.
Is not that end worthy of the extreme price paid for it, even to the last drop of blood shed at Appomattox?
I am sure that to the army, any end but the last ditch would have seemed a breach of faith with the dead we had left upon every battle-field.
The Federal casualties for Petersburg and for the campaign are given as follows: —
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