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Move with your whole corps at once, following Mott, and keeping control of him until he shall report to Humphreys.
To Parke, Meade said: Leaving one division to guard Petersburg and the railroad, move with the rest of your command up the Cox road.
At the same time Grant dispatched an officer to Sheridan, announcing the fall of the city, and ordering him to push to the Danville road with all speed, with Humphreys and Griffin, as well as the cavalry.
Before the troops were in motionr the President: Petersburg was evacuated last night.
Pursuit will be made immediately.
He had already said to Ord: Efforts will be made to intercept the enemy, who are evidently pushing towards Danville.
Push southwest with your command by the Cox road.
The army of the Potomac will push up the River road.
Thus Grant's first orders were—not to follow Lee through Petersburg, but to intercept him, moving his whole command by the south side of the Appomattox towards the Danville railroad, w