er parallel with it on the south.
In the mean time, the main body of the Army of the James, under Ord, which had been pressing along the line of the South Side railway, toward Burkesville Station, had reached that point; and on the morning of the 6th, Ord was directed to move quickly on Farmville.
He sent forward a column of infantry and cavalry, under General Theodore Read, to destroy the bridges near Farmville.
These troops met the van of Lee's army there, and attacked it, so as to arrest hout supplies, without sleep, harassed in front, rear and flank, and compelled to fight when hardly able to walk — were among the most terrible on record; and the fortitude of the soldiers that endured it was truly sublime.
On the night of the sixth, after Lee's army was across the Appomattox, a council of his general officers was held.
Lee was not present.
They agreed that all was lost, and that a capitulation was inevitable.
Famine had caused nearly one-half of their soldiers to drop th