“In the morning push round the enemy if you can and get onto his right rear”

The enemy’s withdrawal from Warren’s front might mean that they are too weak to hold the entire line.  If we can stretch them further, we may be able to break through.  I wrote Sheridan,

GRAVELLY CREEK, March 29, 1865.

Major-General SHERIDAN:

Our line is now unbroken from the Appomatoc to Dinwiddie. We are all ready, however, to give up all from the Jerusalem plank road to Hatcher’s Run whenever the force can be used advantageously. After getting into line south of Hatcher’s we pushed forward to find the enemy’s position. General Griffin was attacked near where the Qoaker road intersects the Boydton road, but repulsed it easily, capturing about 100 men. Humphreys reached Dabney’s Mill and was pushing on when last heard from. I now feel like ending the matter if it is possible to do so before going back. I do not want you, therefore, to cut loose and go after the enemy’s roads at present. In the morning push round the enemy if you can and get onto his right rear. The movements of the enemy’s cavalry may, of course, modify your action. We will act altogether as one army here it is seen what can be done with the enemy. The signal officer at Cobb’s Hill reported at 11.30 a. m. a cavalry column had passed that point from Richmond toward Petersburg, taking forty minutes to pass.




The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 14, p 253-4

O.R., I, xlvi, part 3, p 266

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