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Farmville (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 10
w apparently moving south-west to get on the Farmville and Danville road. . . . You will move out to Ord: Send Gibbon with his two divisions to Farmville to hold that crossing. The Sixth corps is ald not succeed in crossing the Appomattox at Farmville, their only open road was by Prince Edward cBurksville, and five miles directly south of Farmville. At ten minutes past twelve, accordingly, Gwo divisions, and sent Barlow on the left to Farmville. Artillery could not accompany Barlow, for Nevertheless, he advanced to the vicinity of Farmville, and massed his corps on the high ground ovehased from Burksville to Farmville, and from Farmville to Appomattox; for days they were almost in Early on the 8th, Grant had set out from Farmville to join Sheridan's advance. But he had beenfrom the Richmond and Lynchburg roads to the Farmville and Lynchburg road. I am at this writing abots for days, and Grant, when he started for Farmville two days before, had been riding around in c[46 more...]
Cox (Alabama, United States) (search for this): chapter 10
Amelia court-house. Meade with the Second and Sixth corps followed on the Namozine road, south of the Appomattox. Grant this day marched with Ord's column on the Cox road, which follows the line of the Southside railroad. The roads were all bad, and the cavalry often cut into the infantry columns, which were instructed always tom trains, let your troops pass them and press on, making as long a march to-day as possible. At the same time he instructed Meade to turn the Ninth corps into the Cox road, to guard the railway in the rear of Ord. At 2.30 P. M., Meade replied: The necessary orders have been sent to General Parke, who has now one division on the Cox road. . . . I have also directed General Wright to push ahead with his command as far to-day as is consistent with its efficiency, and, if necessary, turning the Fifth corps and cavalry trains out of the road till he has passed. Meade, however, considered that there was no emergency calling for a night march. The Second cor
City Point (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 10
Union, but from a jealousy of the united nation, and a desire to see it fall to pieces. England, he said, had led the Southerners to believe she would assist them, and then deserted them when they most needed aid. When Grant broke camp at City Point on the 29th of March, his chief commissary of subsistence inquired what number of supplies should be carried for the troops, and the general-in-chief replied: Twelve days rations. The surrender of Lee occurred on the twelfth day. This was ne. It would be difficult to find words to describe more exactly the operations which actually occurred than these written in advance. The same general ideas, pervaded by the same spirit, were communicated to Sherman in person, when he visited City Point on the 28th; were explained to Lincoln, and again included in the final instructions to Meade and Sheridan and Ord. In all there was the same definiteness of outline and aim which always characterized Grant's strategy, and the same distinct int
High Bridge (Wisconsin, United States) (search for this): chapter 10
nemy Ord arrives at Burksville Read's gallant fight at High bridge-advance of army of Potomac Urgency of Grant enemy encoppomattox twice in this immediate neighborhood, first at High bridge, five miles east of the town, and again directly in Farmer command of Colonel Washburne, with orders to push for High bridge as rapidly as the exhausted condition of men and horses e country, returned to the infantry, and was pushing for High bridge, when the cavalry of Lee's army overtook him within two ading, and Humphreys soon came up with the rebel rear at High bridge, five miles east of Farmville, where also the wagon roa single-handed. He therefore sent back to Meade, now at High bridge, and asked that an advance might be made from Farmville, But the army of the Potomac had passed entirely beyond High bridge on the southern side, and the bridges at Farmville were d to Prince Edward, while Meade was still at the rear at High bridge—Grant arrived at Farmville, riding up from Burksville ju
Painesville (Ohio, United States) (search for this): chapter 10
t this point he halted for a few hours, to allow Ord's column to pass, and here he received a stirring dispatch from Sheridan: The whole of Lee's army is at or near Amelia court-house, and on this side of it. General Davies, whom I sent out to Painesville on their right flank, has just captured six pieces of artillery and some wagons. We can capture the army of Northern Virginia if force enough can be thrown to this point, and then advance upon it. My cavalry was at Burksville yesterday, and saine's crossroads, five miles north-west of Jetersville, to ascertain if Lee was making any attempt to escape in that direction. Davies soon discovered that Sheridan's suspicions were correct. Lee was already moving a train of wagons toward Painesville, escorted by a considerable body of cavalry. Davies struck this force at the cross-roads, defeated the cavalry, burned a hundred and eighty wagons, and captured five pieces of artillery and several hundred prisoners. The rebels promptly sent
Buffalo Creek, Newton County, Missouri (Missouri, United States) (search for this): chapter 10
ynchburg was evacuated last night. I do not doubt but Stoneman is there. Sheridan arrived at Prince Edward at three o'clock, and finding Mackenzie already on the ground with his little division, he ordered him to make a reconnoissance as far as Prospect station, on the Lynchburg railroad, and ascertain if the enemy was moving past that point. Meanwhile he learned that Lee had crossed to the north side of the Appomattox. Merritt was, therefore, pushed forward on the southern side to Buffalo creek, while Crook was ordered to recross the Appomattox and rejoin Sheridan at Prospect station, in advance of Ord. At 6.45 P. M., Sheridan reported his movements to Grant: I am following, he said, with the First and Third cavalry divisions, and will reach the vicinity of Prospect station to-night, if I do not go to Chickentown. Still later he sent further and important news to the general-in-chief, from Prospect station. I am moving the column on Appomattox depot. There are eight trains
West Point (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 10
nimity. To be allowed not only their lives and liberty, but their swords, had touched them deeply. One said to him in my hearing: General, we have come to congratulate you on having wound us up. I hope, replied Grant, it will be for the good of us all. Then the other national officers took their turn, shaking hands cordially with men whom they had met in many a battle, or with whom they had earlier shared tent or blanket on the Indian trail or the Mexican frontier; with classmates of West Point and sworn friends of boyhood. Some shed tears as they hugged each other after years of separation and strife. Countrymen all they felt themselves now, and not a few of the rebels declared they were glad that the war had ended in the triumph of the nation. Their humility indeed was marked. They felt and said that they had staked all and lost. They inquired if they would be permitted to leave the country, for none dreamed that they would ever regain their property. They spoke of esta
Richmond (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 10
t their chief at Amelia court-house, which he had appointed for a rendezvous. When these all should come together, Lee would still have more than fifty thousand soldiers, and he is said to have regained his spirits when daylight dawned, and he found himself, as he hoped, on the road to join Johnston's command. I have got my army safely out of its breastworks, he said, and, in order to follow me, my enemy must abandon his lines, and can derive no further benefit from his railroads or the James river. Lee evidently supposed that Grant would attempt to follow the retreating army; and his own design must have been to fall in detail upon the national command, which would necessarily break up into corps and march over different roads. Turning with a concentrated force upon these divided columns, beating them back here and there, he might himself be able to avoid any formidable blow, and effect his junction with Johnston's army. Then, possibly, a long campaign, with the national force
United States (United States) (search for this): chapter 10
ty of any further effusion of blood, by asking of you the surrender of that portion of the Confederate States' army known as the army of Northern Virginia.-U. S. Grant, Lieutenant-General. At this ers surrendered shall be disqualified for taking up arms again against the government of the United States until properly exchanged. I will meet you, or designate officers to meet any officers you mew to surrender the army of Northern Virginia; but, as far as your proposal may affect the Confederate States forces under my command, I should be pleased to meet you at ten A. M. to-morrow, on the ol officers to give their individual paroles not to take up arms against the government of the United States until properly exchanged; and each company or regimental commander to sign a like parole forhis done, each officer and man will be allowed to return to his home, not to be disturbed by United States authority so long as they observe their paroles and the laws in force where they may reside.
New Store (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 10
king them in the darkness. The head of the column was therefore halted again. The men were exhausted by fatigue and want of food, and the rear of the column did not get up till morning; while the supply train of two days rations was still later. But as soon as the rations could be issued the Second corps moved forward again; and at eleven o'clock on the 9th, Humphreys came up with the rebel skirmishers about three miles from Appomattox court-house. The Sixth corps marched on the 8th to New Store, seventeen miles, and on the 9th, Wright followed Humphreys to the vicinity of Appomattox, where both commanders were halted by a flag of truce from Lee. From Buffalo river, where he camped, Sheridan, early on the 8th, sent a dispatch to Grant, with information derived from Merritt, who was in the advance: If this is correct, he said, the enemy must have taken the Pine road north of the Appomattox. I will move on Appomattox court-house. Should we not intercept the enemy, and he be fo
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