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Chapter 42: Petersburg. The fierce concerted assault by the Federals death of A. P. Hill General Lee announces to Richmond authorities that he must retreat reception of the news by President Davis at Church service Federals take forts Gregg and Whitworth the retreat harassed by continuous fighting Longstreet save
The display of officers riding in many directions seemed to admonish the skirmishers to delay under cover of an intervening swale.
The alarm reached General A. P. Hill, of the Third Corps, who rode off to find his troops, but instead came suddenly upon the enemy's skirmishers in their concealment.
He wheeled and made a da t, while at Petersburg he would be behind him. He therefore ordered all things in readiness for his march westward at early light of the next morning.
After A. P. Hill fell his staff and corps were assigned as part of my command.
Heth's and Wilcox's divisions were much broken by the losses of the day. Mahone had repulsed the