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Wichita eagle. (Wichita, Kan.) 1886-1890, March 16, 1890, Image 12

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'gilt WLickxiu JMlij gU: nmtd gaming, Uteixtx J 6, 1890.
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i3righron pier i idverasements of "Ladies'
and gents' visi ting cards, 50 while you
wait, ono shilli ng."
Lady Charlott e read: "3Ir. Isaac Hart,"
and under the name was written in
pencil: "From 3ur. Abraham Levi."
"Tell him I ai n engaged and cannot
see him, but will', write and make an ap
pointment." "Ho says he won t stir until ho has
seen your ladyship."
"Yon can ihow him into the study; I
will see him there. " Lady Charlotte tied
the ribbons of her embroidered morning
gown angrily. "These people will drive
me mad," sho muttered, "and it is my
own doing. That is tha dreadful part
of it."
Lady Charlotte Cmddock looked very
firm and resolute as she opened the door
of the study. Sir. Isaac Hart stood by
thewindow; a remarkably curly brimmed
hat perched sideways on his oily, raven
ringlets; a largo diamond ring garnished
the little finger of a hand not conspicuous
for cleanliness; the brilliant pink scarf
round his throati was fastened through a
large jeweled brooch in front; the tout
ensemble, indeed,, was not engaging. He
turned round witliout taking oil his hat,
nnd with insolent familiarity greeted
Lady Charlotte.
"Good morning, Lady Charlotte. Fin6
grounds, these of Potts'."
"I have no timo to waste, 3Ir." Lady
Charlotte read the name on the card be
fore throwing it into a waste paper bas
ket "Hart; please give me any message
your employer may havo intrusted to
you."
"My employer, as you call him, gave
me this little bill, which fell duo the day
before yesterday, and as your ladyship
did not condescend to answer his little
note, or to let 'my employer' know when
you was a-going to pay him the monthly
installment as is duo, why I've come on
my employer's behalf to collect that
Bum."
"You may tell Mr. Levi that
I am quite unable to pay at
present, he must wait if he ever hopes to
receive payment in full. He can make
mo bankrupt if he likes, and then he will
get nothing; but as the interest ho
charges is rather more usurious than
even the worst of his tribe's, I don't sup
pose he will care to see the exact amount
in print. I am sorry I cannot pay this
month, but it -will be more to Mr. Levi's
interest to leavo me in peace."
"Mr. Levi can judge for liimself what
is to his own interest, and lie says ho
must have the money as is owing to him.
So if your ladyship really don't want to
'svasto time, you had better just hand over
the money and tako this here stamped
acknowledgment."
Lady Charlotto had taken a seat near
the tabic, and, as yesterday, hid drawn
the ornamental inlaid pistol case towards
her. She took out one of the weapons
gingerly and carefully, as one unac
quainted with the mysterious ways of
firearms; sho eat for a few moments
with the pistol in her hand, the muzzle
towards herself, and looked at it absent
ly without speaking.
Tho Israelite soon showed signs of im
patience. "I think as you said you don't want to
waste no time, Lady Charlotte. I don't
neither. Are you going to give me that
money?"
"No; it is not in my power to do so.
You may i;il Mr. Levi that when I can
pay I wilL"
"But Mr. Levi told mo to stay here un
til you did pay."
"Your staying hero would do no good
to Mr. Levi. If he will accept payment
when convenient, all well and good; if
not, tho bankruptcy court is open to me.
Your remaining here is an impertinence
which will do Mr. Levi no good, and if I
complain to Mr. Potts of your intrusion
Ins servants will turn you out. You will
be so good, therefore, as to leavo tho
house at once."
"I don't leave the house without tho
money. Your ladyship must have lots
of swell friends hero who would lend you
the money. Surely you know of some
ono who would scttlo this little business
for you."
"I know of no one," said Lady Char
lotte with a weary air. Sho looked at
tho pistol turned towards her breast.
Perhaps it was loaded! Surely if it were
it would be better just to raise it to her
temples and with ono little jerk end this
miserablo sordid struggle, this endless
vexation about money, money, money!
She hated tho word. If only she had been
rich in her own right! Sho had never
been wicked or done anything really
wrong, and yet life was rapidly becom
ing living torture, and all because of tho
misi. r.ible lack of money. Ah! what had
6hcdono that she should bo made so mis
erable? "T tliinlr TWnr Inflvslim musk t-nn-wr n
friend who could help you in this lit
tle uiificulty,'' the oily, nasal accents
of tho Israelite broke in upon Lady
Charlotte's meditations. "I have heard
it said that it's well beknown who
really is the boss of Reminiall
Abbfy. Don't you think as Mr. Potts
would scttlo this little matter? I have
heard it said as there's more than f riend
sliip betwixt"
There was something so revoltingly
insolent in the man's look and manner
that his meaning flashed across Ladj
Charlotte's mind long ere tho effect of
his mere words could have done. Her
face, which had been pale before, grew
paler; she leapt out of her seat, pointed
the revolver full at tho man, and before
she could fully roalizo the situation, she
felt her hand violently jerked upwards,
thero was a flash, smoke, a report and a
dull thud as Mr. Isaac Hart fell to the
ground.
Only for a moment did Lady Charlotte
lose her presence of mind. The pistol
dropped from her hand, sho felt siok and
giddy, but a gentle gust of summer air
blow ing in through the laco curtains re
vived her. She looked down at the man
lying on the floor faco upwards. "Good
God! I havo committed murder!' she
cried, and rushed to tho door and locked
it Tiien she knelt besido the man and
fanned him with some papers from the
table, but therot was no sign of life.
Looking round, she caught sight of some
roses in a valuable crackle jar on the
mantelshelf: she threw the roses out and
poured some water over the forehead
n id behind the ears, as ebe remembered
people had done' to her when bhe
fainted. Presently the man stirred
err so slightly and opened his
CT' s. "Thank heaven!" she thought,
' I.- is alive at least. If lie dies 1 have
committed murder, but there dial! be at
littlo esclaadre.as possible." Lady Char
lotte unlocked the door and locked it
again on the outside,, and ran until she
reached tho hall. There she met a foot
man carrying a breakfast tray.
"Where is your master?" she said, en
'deavoring to conceal her agitation,though
she feared the loud beating of her heart
must betray her.
"He is in his room, my lady."
"Then show me the way to his room
at once. Put your tray down any where.
I must go to him at once."
Tho footman stared at Lady Charlotte
in speechless surprise,
"My master never sees any one except
his secretary before ho comes down to
breakfast, my lady."
"Never mind, I must see Mm at once,"
Lady Charlotte could with difficulty pre
serve her composure. That man in the
study might be dying while she was par
leying with tho footman. She took a
slender gold bracelet from her wrist.
"There, you may have that to give to
your young woman; and now show me
the way at once. I am in a great hurry."
The man put down his tray and bound
ed up stairs. Lady Charlotto ran after
him. The footman stopped and pointed
to a door hung with heavy folds of drap
ery. "That is tho sitting roots Mr. Potts
There was a flash, smoke, a report.
uses, and his dressing room operui out ol
It Ho may be m either."
Lady Charlotte drew aside the cur
tain, knocked at tho door, and, hardly
waiting for an answer, went in.
"Heavy hogs lively, lard brisk and
energetic in sympathy with hogs. Light
hogs flexiblo and subject to reaction."
Mr. Potts was dictating a letter to his
secretary when Lady Charlotte broke in.
"Dear Mr. Potts, I must speak to you
alone for one moment. Please send this
gentleman away."
"Stimpson, just you wait for me in my
dressing room for a few minutes. And
now what can I do for your ladyship? 1
calculate you're the boss of me and this
establishment, so just givo mo your or
ders." At tho word "boss" Lady Charlotte
shuddered. That dreadful man down
stairs, lying dead perhaps, had said the
same thing. Decidedly sho had been
imprudent, and allowed misconceptions
to arise. Once this business set to rights,
she would drop this Yankee. People
must not begin to talk about her.
Lady Charlotte explained the situation
truthfully. She reflected that if ie man
downstairs should die, and she, an earl's
daughter, wero to be accused of murder,
it would matter little who knew what
she had done. There would be but one
course open to her, and that courso sh
had shrunk from taking yesterday as a
means of escape from worry.
Lady Charlotte wanted Mr. Potts tc
send for a doctor and to have the wound
ed man tended, and to keep the rest ol
the house in ignorance of the occurrence.
She would play her part in the piece as
1 hough nothing had happened; no one
would bo able to guess from her appear
ance that anything unusual had taken
place.
"And when the play is over I calculate
you'll bo wanting to make tracks?" said
Mr. Potls coolly.
"On the contrary, if tho injury should
prove fatal, I will swear not to leave the
house."
Mr. Potts sat silent and horrified, but
only for a few moments. "I hook on,"
he said at last. "If tho worst comes to
the worst, I'll stand your friend. Stimp
ton shall help me carry the man here;
we'll do it between us. I'll send a twe
wheel cart for tho doctor; everything
shall bo done for this man, and I guess
that smart young woman as fixe3 you
up had better turn nurse and do tb
nursing. That'll keep it private. You
go to your room, and tho less you appear
to suspect a mystery, the better it will
bo for all jokers." f
Even in her gratitude at the wealthy
American's sympathy, Lady Charlotte
shuddered at his veruapular.V She went
to her room and sat.fovvn, feeling sick
with fear and horrtk. Had;'she com
mitted a murder? How co.iId)ishe allow
herself to bo provokt?Sfo juch!fvn extent
by a low minded nnfermnfcy lending
Jew? What next misfor&'ijio could over
whelm her? Sho had lately considered
herself specially marked by destiny to be
annoyed.
For a long timo sho sat in deep but
distracted thought. Sho felt sometimes
as though her brain would burst. A
dozen times she got up and rushed to the
door to do sho knew not what. Once she
opened tho window wide and looked
down at tho marble terrace below. "It
must be quite thirty feet," she thought,
"and instant death, but how dreadful!
No, I have not tho courage for it that
way."
A housemaid knocked at tho door.
"Oh, if you please, your ladysliip, Mr.
Potts says can I help you dress. Miss
Howden, he says, is a-nursing Mr. Stinip
sou, as has been taken ill in masters
room."
Lady Charlotte looked at her watch.
"Quarter to 12, and the play com
mences at S, and I suppose the" people
come about 1. Yes, I suppose I had
better dress now. That will bo better
than doing notliing and tliinking and
thinking until I must go mad."
Her toilet concluded, Lady Charlotte
sat opposite her glass in doubt and hesi
tation. Sho looked at her reflection a
graceful figure in soft white silk but a
gliastly pallor, which seemed to bo accen
tuated by those white draperies, fright
ened her. "I look as though I had com
ruined a murder," she thought. "People
would guess as much from my appear
ance." There was ever present to
her mind a series of pictures, be
ginning with a trial for murder in
which fehe would be designated by the;
:uascl for the prosecution as the woman.
Oraddock, and culminating in a gibbet
ind anaudienco of press men a that
Snal scene.
Lady Charlotte sat till nearly 1, when
a maid servant brought her a note from
the master of the house. It was in the
secretary's handwriting, neither ad
dressed nor signed.
"This is kind," thought Lady Char
lotte bitterly; "Mr. Potts does not want
to create incriminating evidence."
"The groom who went for the doctoi
did not and him at home, ho had to
drive on to Maidenhead to find another,
so there has been delay in getting assist
ance. Mr. Hart has been conscious some
time and has taken brandy which we
!)Oured down his throat I will let you
mow in the course of tho afternoon how
matters progress. It will ba "better if
you are seen everywhere in.the grounds
during the afternoon and evening. Your
maid tells me that no one heard the re
port of the pistol except herself; the
heavy portieres must have deadened the
sound."
With a little rougo Lady Charlotte
concealed the deadly pallor, which she
felt must otherwise attract universal
attention. Sho asked tho same maid
servant who had brought her the note
to bring her some brandy, and, after
6wal lowing what seemed to bo an enor
mous quantity, she summoned up all her
courage to leave her room and join tho
crowd down stairs.
Everything had been so well prepared
beforehand that nothing was left to be
arranged on the last day. A blazing
July sun poured down on the grounds of
Reminsball Abbey, and tho little glen
arranged for the performance was the
only shady nook witliin the cultivated
part of the grounds immediately sur
rounding tho house.
Towards 3 tho carriages belonging to
that part of tho audience who had paid
for their seats began to arrive. Rich city
men, with their wives and daughters in
ultra fashionable bonnets and dresses;
wives of doctors who had already reached
that high footing on the medical ladder
exemplified by residence in Harley
street, but not that proud eminence
which means appearing in prir amongst
tho favored few who sign the daily bul
letins of the illnesses of great ones; wives
of barristers and many others who liked
to see a dull play without the faintest
sp2rk of interest poorly performed by an
absolutely inefficient though eminently
aristocratic corpa dramatiquo. These
gathered in reat force. They peered
into everything, anxious to discover how
the new millionaire did things. The
daughters took mental notes of the
housemaids' and ladies' maids' caps and
aprons, and secretly resolved to confec
tion caps and aprons identically the same
for their own handmaidens for "ma's
next party." The men thought tho
ribbon bordering poor and not equal
to that in their own gardens
at Norwood and Sydenham. The ma
trons, in the main, employed themselves
in speculating as to how much the whole
thing had cost to get up, and many i
came to the conclusion that the ices and !
refreshments alone, which were gratis,
must have swamped the takings, so of
course tho charity must go to the walL
That really was of no consequence. No
body even knew where the church was,
or cared, except a few local magnates,
and they wero bidden to the feast and
performance free of expense.
Tho exhumed pastoral Elizabethan !
drama in its new dress progressed rap- j
idly. Tho amateur artistes had not ac
quired tho art of ladling out the sen-1
tences slowly as though they were loath
to part with a lino of their parts, after
the fashion of the modern psychological
dramatic school; and, either from a ner-1
vous longing to get to the end and hide i
themselves, or from a desire to say it all
before they forgot it, tho piece played
very rapidly.
Lady Charlotte got through her part
not brilliantly, but no worse than the
rest, though she felt that a lifetime's
agony was compressed into the three
hours occupied by tho play and en
tr'actes. Towards the end of the last act,
when sho had grown accustomed to the
appearance of tho audience and had tho .
hardihood to look it in tho face and rec-1
oguize individuals, her eyes suddenly fell i
upon tho owner of Reininshall Abbey. J
He was silting on a seat at tho end of the
front row, the end nearest the Abbey.
The hero of the play was indulging in i
a long meandering soliloquy during '
which at rehearsals Lady Charlotte i
had been coached to occupy herself
with elaborate stago business, but i
had forgotten all her coaching. She felt
her eyes fixed on Mr. Potts. A servant in ;
gorgeous livery, with much mysterious
and apparently meaningless gold orna
mentation dropping from one shoulder,
camo rapidly towards his master. The
servant bent down with that remarkable
air of blended mystery and respect pe
culiar to tho well mannered footman and
murmured what seemed to Lady Char
lotto a long communication. Mr. Wash
ington Potts looked serious and said a
few words to tho servant, and stood up
and moved a few steps in the direction
of the house.
Lady Charlotte felt her heart beating
furiously. She thought she could divine
what tho message was. Mr. Potts was
wanted in the house, the man was worse,
dying, perhaps, and tho police had come
to take his depositions.
For a few moments there was silence on
the stage that dreadful stago wait of
private theatricals when all the actors
with the exception of the unconscious
offender look the picture of silent misery.
Lady Charlotto was the offender. She
stood with her cheeks ghastly beneath
the rouge, her eyes fixed upon Mr. Wash
ton Potts and the servant
"I knew it He is dead I have mur- i
dered him," she cried, in a hoarse, awful
voice, and fell prone on the stage.
The play, owing in the first place to ita !
exceeding dufiness and in the second to
its very weak representation, had from
the beginning been incomprehensible, so '
most of the audience applauded to the
echo, under tho impression that this was '
the first fine piece of acting in the play.
Tho other actors, better informed, rushed
forward and raised tho still form, some
ran and fetched iced water with which
to bathe the temples.
Mr. Washington Potts jumped on to
the stage, and lielpod one of the actors
to carry Lady Charlotte to the house.
Once on the sofa, being fanned by the at
tentive American, she soon revived and
opened her eyes.
"Where am If she mnrmured. "Is it
the prison?'
"No, Lady Charlotte, you are not in
prison, nor you ain't going to be, after
the message I sent you just bofore tke
piece began."
"What message? I got no message?"
"Didn't that damned flunky teJI your
m give him xi eye opener when next I
come across my geotkunan. WeU. 1
Euess vou've zot the bufcre of that Jtew l
fellow, Lady Charlotte. Why, one of
my fellows found a bullet in my saddle
bag arm chair, and he brought it to me
In a fright. Ah, says L Lady Charlotte
must have meant to polish him off t for
i l L
eOThW
Jtaiscd the still form.
she's let off two charges. However, I
got the idea as I might as well look at
tho revolver; so I took it and let it off
in a haystack for safety. Five good
charges in it Do you hook on? Well,
in I ran, told Mr. Stimpson, and
wo set to pouring brandy down
tho Hebrew gentleman's throat. He
had swooned with fright, and when
the doctor camo he said as bow he would
suffer from the shock may be for a few
days, but he'd bo all right after. Well,
then I turned to and blackguarded him
for coming here and insulting my guests,
and soon he let on all he knew about
your dealings with Mr. Abraham Levi.
Well, I've settled that account, and I've
given Mr. Hart a check for fifty to get
back his pluck with, and he's given me
a stamped agreement never to trouble
either you or me again."
It was somo time before Lady Char
lotte could fully realize the true state of
affairs. For so many dreadful hours,
that seemed like centuries, she had
looked upon herself as tho prisoner in
the dock on trial for murder. Was her
hair white? She had heard of hair turn
ing white in a single night from terror.
Surely tho torture sho had endured while
acting in that dreadful play must have
bleached her hair.
Lady Charlotte's hair had not lost its
rich color, nor her reason its sway.
Urged by the Yankeo to confess her mo
tive for dealing with gentlemen of the
Abraham Levi type, she admitted that
she was on the verge of distraction and
that her affairs wero h a hopeless
muddle, which meant that she owed
thousands and hadn't a hundred clear in
tho world.
"I suppose you would think it sorter
a drop in life to marry me and havo
your debts cleared and paid off down to
a farthing, and have an allowance of six
hundred a year to dress on; always sup
posing as you will stake your honor not
to run into debt again, or deal with
Abraham Levis."
There was plenty of gossip for the first
few weeks atTrouville; and for the very
earliest of the grouse shooting tho Wash
ington Potts marriage filled every mouth
that had any right to consider itself in
or near society.
Lady Charlotte Craddock had married
the great American pork dealer. Tho
trousseau had been a nine days' wonder.
Crump & Crushit ground their teeth
when they heard of tho afternoon tea
offered by Messrs. Fitt & Squeeze, of
Audley street, o the chief of their cus
tomers, who were invited to view the
chef d'eeuvres of the trousseau of the
season.
Mr. Washington Potts was only once
heard to say, in strictest confidence, that
of all his British purchases, many of
which might have made a nigger's hail
uncurl, he was bound to state that bis
British wife had nighest broke him, but
that he was that set on her ho would
have risked his bottom dollar to secure
her.
Lady Charlotto Washington (the Potts
very soon ceased to be part of her name i
was never again heard to speak of tho
Yankee's vulgarity. Sho would, it is
true, occasionally allude to her husband's
quaint Americanisms. She possessed a
little sheaf of stamped documents in her
desk; they represented the price an
American millionaire had paid to ob
tain a high bred British wife, and
the sum total of theso documents
could not be expressed in less than
five figures. Sho became the patroness
of all Fourth of July proceedings in Lon
don, and among her acquaintance on
the other side of the channel, was sup
posed to bo mistress of the most sumptu
ously decorated mansion and the largest
pin money of any other woman in tho
American's paradise. Can earth &how
greater happiness?
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with the hope that this poem will meet with
3-our approval.
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as ranch as any oae in this cuustry.
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feet. Peek.
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Father Soy, if you doat qt stayisg oi
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Tlie Siege Closed on trie 2d of
April, 1865.
SHORT CONFEDERATE SUPPLIES.
The "Xast Ditch" Beached Battle of Five
Forks Tree's Lines Urolien by a Vigor-"
ous Assault The Death of Confederate
Gen. A. P. Hill.
"When Lincoln and Grant stood on the
streets of Petersburg- after tho occupation by
Union troops, April 3, 1SG5, the president said:
"Bo you know, general, I have had an idea
for some days that you intended to do some
thing like this!"
This was not an idle word, for although the
Union armies had been nine months before
tho city, it had been evident for some time
that the prize could be had when the time was
ripe for it. The Confederate armies were eat
ing up their substance where they were, and
their only lines of supplies were under sur
veillance of Union troops and could be cut
whenever itshould be policy to doso. These
fines were south and west of Petersburg, and
were along what was known as the Unionlef t
flank. Here three-fourths of Grant's force
was located, namely, the Second corps, under
Gen. A. A Humphreys; the Sixth, under
Gen. H. G. Wright, and the Fifth, under Gen.
G. E. Warren.
DESPERATE STRAITS.
Just at tha beginning of winter the direct
railroad from Petersburg to Weldon, N. C,
tho principal route for supplies for Lees
army, had been destroyed for a distance of
forty miles by a bold expedition under Gen.
Warrenv This compelled the Confederates to
MAP OF PETERSBURG'S LINES.
use wagons for transportation from the break
in the road to the besieged camps. To threat
en this line the corps ot "Warren and Hum
phreys and Gregg's division of cavalry were
sent out early in February, and after somo
desperate fighting the Union intrenchments
were permanently established on this route.
The road vas not cut, but the nearness of the
Union troops caused tho Confederates to take
a moro circuitous aud difficult way for then
wagon trains.
The weather was very severe during thia
operation on tho flank, and in reporting to
tho Confederate war department what action
he had taken to ward off tho danger to his
lines of supply, Gen. Leo wrote ou Feb. 8:
"Yesterday, tho most inclement day of tho
winter, they (the troops) had to bo retained
in line of battle, having been in the same con
dition tho two previous days and nights. I
regret to be obliged to state that under theso
circumstances, heightened by assaults and
firo of tho enemy, some of tho men had been
without meat for threo days, and all wero
suffering from reduced rations and scant
clothing, exposed to battle, cold, hail and
sleet. I have directed Col. Cole, chief com
missary, who reports that be has not a jxrand
of meat at his disposal, to visit Richmond and
see if nothing can be done. Tho phy
sical strength of the men. if their courage sur
vives, must fail under this treatment. Our
cavalry has to bo dispersed for want of f orago.
Fitz Lee's and Lomax's divisions are scattered
because supplies cannot bo transported where
their services are required. I had to bring
"W. F. Leo's division forty miles Sunday night
to get him in position."
This communication of Lee's was for warded
by Gen. John C. Breckinridge, then Confed
erate secretary of war, to Jefferson Davis,
who indorsed upon it that that state of things
must be owing to "neglect or gross incapaci
ty." Among the soldiers of both armies thereex
isted a strong belief in the approach of a peace
ful end of the war caused Ly tho conference
between President Lincoln and Secretory
Seward for tho Union, and A. H. Stephens,
J. A. Campbell nnd R. 1L T. Hunter for tha
Confederates, and the informal exchange of
view; between the belligerents that followed
this conference. Early in February the Con
federate Commission ers passed through tho
hostile lines just east of Petersburg, in sight
of nearly nil of tho Union army. Their mis
sion was speedily announced in the camps, and
the fact that along
Interview took
place in Hampton
roads between them
and tha president
was, of course,
made known
through the prev?,
and reached the
camps of both ar
jii i e s. Foliowmg
this came at one
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the question from
tho combatants of
both sideb to tub
men in front o
them. "Do you
want peace On the part of the southern
roWiera there was genera! willingness to ac
cede to any terms the Union government
would offer, and they vrer' h&rsfe in criticism
of Davis and tboe who tbugiit with him for
insisting upon a recognition of his govern
ment before th south would treat of psaee.
The winding up of the battle of Fort Sied
man between Gordon's Confederates and the
2uaf b Union corps, on il&rch 25, 19K5. was
ai tossed from a dutance by President Lin
coln, who had accompanied Ges. Grant ftad
STecde from City Point towards th front
and raaebed a high knoll about a. mil from
the scene jort m tha reserves advanced upon
tiw captund lines.
As ix as the resai: of Gordon's zcrtie be
came kaoan on tae Univn left Gao. Ham-
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bnwdb advanced aalnnitin i
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Ooniedsrsi picket uns, bnt focsd tne naaia
rtjrfcs too etronj: to nsjry by amanfe. Gen.
Wrigbt af&i -wrrsneed ms onrpo, tas Cite, in
ntes&as wny. and the as'scad oerd by
the moresnnls scored t be -r&oMm in ton
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subsequent movements on this part of ths
tine. Late in the day the C-onf ederatea made
some desperate attempts to recapture their
picket pits, but foiled. Humphreys and
Wright lost about 1,000 men m all, and tha
Confederates' in front of them a like number
Tho advantago of the day remained with, tht
Union army.
After March 25 thero was constant firina"
across the lines, both with artillery and mu
kets. The men were at the works day and
night, and scmo times the firing was as steady
as it is in battle. '
FIVE FORKS AND PETERSBURG.
Sheridan joined tho army on the 27th of
March, .and the movement to the left around
Lea's right flank began on the 30th, having
been delayed one day by rain. The left wing
of the Army of tho Potomac had also been re
enforced by Ords Army of the James, from
the north side of the Appomattox. The Army
of the Potomac numbered 75,000 for duty;
Sheridan added 13,000 and Ord about 17,000,
making a total of about 105,000. The Army
of the James had a reserve north of the Ap
pomattox of about 20,000, making a grand
total under Grant at this point of 125,000.
Lee had a total at Petersburg and Richmond
on his twenty miles of defensive lines of 57,000.
The several movements ou the Union left
had crowded the Confederates back to ono
road running in a general direction south
west and lying between tho Union positions
nnd Hatcher's Run. Hatcher's Run is a
swampy stream and made a good barrier
when defended at the fords. About thirteen
miles west by south of Petersburg thero is a
good road crossing the run and leading to the
South Side railroad. This railroad haa
Lynchburg and Danville connections and
was of highest importance to Lee in Peters
burg. At Fivo Forks this road was defended
from the Union positions by intrenchments,
and at Dinwiddio Court Houe, live miles
southeast, there were outposte and defenses to
guard against a surprise at Fivo Forks.
Sheridan and the corps of "Warren, 'Wright
and Humphreys moved together toward tho
Union left, and Lee sent out Gen. R. H. An
derson, with detached divisions, to cope with
this strong force. Fitzhugh. Leo was in com
mand of the Confederate cavalry in this
vicinity, and his chief ordered him to defend
Five Forks.
Fitz Lee advanced to Dinwiddio Court
Houso with his cavalry, and fought Sheridan
there on tho 30th. On the 31st Sheridan's
entire force fought Fitz Lee, Rosser and "W.
H. F. Lee, with somo infantry under Gen.
George H. Pickett, who commanded tho force
in tho trenches at Five Forks. That night
Fitz Lee retired all of his force to the forks,
und on tho Union side Warren's Fifth corps
was added to Sheridan's command and
marched to tho loft to join him. Dispositions
were now made to attack tho intrenchments
at Five Forks, where Pickett had five bri
gades of infantry and ten guns. The cavalry
of Gen. T. T. Mumford and of "W. H. F.
Lee was on tho right and left flanks.
Sheridan's plan was to move his cavalry up
so as to threaten the position and engago tho
enemy, while Warren's troops should assault
and carry tho point of the works on the
White Oak road. Owing to ignorance of tho
ground and the confusion of names of roads
and farms, tho lines, were not formed until 4
o'clock in the afternoon, April 1, when the
assault was mado. "Warren found the point
of tho lino much farther to tho west than
Sheridan supposed it to bo, but he carried it,
and in a short timo had placed Crnwford'3
division squarely in the rear of Pickett's,
across tho coveted ford road. The Confed
erates lost six guns, 4,500 prisoners and thir
teen flags. "Warren took 3,C44 prisoners, four
guns and eleven flags. His loss was G34 kill
ed, wounded nnd mining. The eavalry loa
was slight. It was for an alleged want ot
activitv in this battle that Gen. Sheridau
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MAP OF FIVE FORKS.
peremptorily removed Warren from his com
mand. During the night Gens. Mumford and "W.
II. F. Lee moved their cavalry back to tho
crossing of Hatcher's Run, by the South Sute
railroad. Here Gen. Fitz Lee and Gen. R. H.
Anderson arrived also with their commands,
and Lee stood ready to defend ins Iatt posi
tion. Promptly on the arrival of news that
Sheridau had carried Five Forks Gen. Grant
ordered a demonstration on the Petersburg
lines. Tho Second corps attempted to carry
tho trenches on its front, bus found the ene
my too active. A bombardment was kept
up all night, and Gen. Grant ordered an as
sault at 4 o'clock on the morning of the 2d
with the men of Ord's, Wright's ami Parke's
commauds. The point chosen for tho Sixth
corps was to the left of tlie Weklon railroad,
where Union Forte Fisher aud AVelch ware
located. The Confederate pickflt pits in front
of these fort had ben taken on the 2ftth of
March, and they now offered shelter for the
masfiing of troops to storm the high parapets
which formed the Confederate lm here.
Gen. Parke was to move on hm own front
opposite Fort Stedinan and between the Kor
folk railroad and the Jerusalem plunk row!.
"Wright's Sixth corj earntd ill before tbtn,
jir6ing on to the South Side railroad, leav
ing, however, the original defenses eocirrting
Peters-burg on their right rear. Thw com
pelled Wright to face about aud form a new
line. Ord and Humphreys also carried the '
works on their front, and, praaong through
1 1 Hatcher's Run, cut the Confederate army
Eouth of the Appomattox in two. Parke'a
Ninth corps troop took the outer lines in !
front of them, but could not carry the inner
lines. Toe Confederate artillery- was all ia
position and swept every foot of groaud along
toe wool front. Several attempts were made
by Gen. Gordon, who still commended ia
front of the Ninth carp, to retake the grand
s i reizod by Park1, bnt tbey all failed. Gen. A
; P. Ilnl was killed on this line wkun Roig oat
to lead his troops against tae MkOtUnala, wno
had broken through the uitrenCBraenta.
Up to this time Gen. Longstrvet bad nfta
north of toe Appomattox confronting tn
Army of the .Tames, bat the sstantoon m
Petersburg drew biri, witn Fnild division,
to ths scene 0 the new danger Tne river
roads along th Appomattox rnnaioR into
Petersburg from the soatn jere held by Ord
and Wright. Uar where Jfcey yanrnd th
Coatf-demUs detente there wsrs twostronc
works. Forts Gregg and Whtfwnrth. Fart
Gr5g bad a rnrriaon ol 2 rnaa and ornated
two pms; Port Wktt-nertk had a brig&da
and three goas.
When Ord and WrirfKt XorsMd tbssr saw
Hm tne division of Gna. Foster, Gihtew'
Twenty-fonrtb corps, was in front of Ores
and Wirtsorts. and. arimncsne nmfcr a
severe fire, found a wide ditca ofestraetiaK
tim way and batten caatmnuiing; tW
weofc field. A division of anpnorts cause w
and two brigades awaaUcd JWt GregX, and
j cw Port waitwortk. After a stnMMcn
furnt Fort Ct-jx ysldd and Tfnttwvr
was tn abandoned. Tbere wr d
' C oaf rb ia fort Grr. and CHbbon lost
tvrr 0 kiik4 and G tron&OML
The Confedarattw wer no" wmiJ v?o-
(arated. one cotoma bs on tbe Soatn 8id
r&iirood -senfroaOw; Sberdn and Snws
oit, wno sad wpt nrrd a
arack frees PeUrabfc. aad tb otker bx
i ,a Ue nriratd hw-s t Yttm&sez and
j akjf toe June mf toward Rtenaaond.
L was at P-rwburi
It
Snndar. April Tfe Uil Fort Wk.
GI-
odad tin. 11 tfstM. nnd L.- orsor4
preparation sot aR far trnrrtonasjnt
tnatdent. i
Sfccrnntn prsssfcg; ox to jjot bit Utes
of orrnkr aadfcfaaay. : Sik anew t- J
injj suil under his command, between Lee,
and Danvills, tho natural course for him to
retreat. Ac Petersburg tha Union com-
manners remained alert for everjf oppor
tunity to atrika a. telling-fclonv Tho pickata
kept pressing up to th opposing lines, but ail
no point in tho old works could'a weak placa
bo found.
The Conf oderafea gave a, good accocnt of.
themselves in defending; thIr "Last Pitch."
The Union intrencbmentB.e5ieaded from tho
Appomattox river below th town to tha
river above, and Gen. Grant ordered a heavy
bombardment to be begun at 5 o'clock on tha
morning of tho Sd. This -was to be followed
by a grand assault at 6 o'clock. Eat prepar
ations were going on-quistly in Lee's lines for
evacuation, and this was to be accomplished
before tho hour fixed for assault. la this
campaign, beginning on March SO with Sh
idan's and Fitzhugh. Leo's, encoanter3 at Dia
widdio Court House the Union captures d
amounted to 12,000 men, or about one-flf th. o
Lee's force. In the death of Gen. A. P. TKl
a corps commander, tho south lost cno of. its
most fiery leaders. It was ho of whom "Stone
wall" Jackson spoke in his delirious momenta
on his death bed, when ho said: "A. P. Hill,
prepare for action 1"
Hill was the last of tho prominent laadanr
of tho southern'army to fall, and his death,
was tragic He had been in Petersburg dur
ing tho 1st of April, whilo Sheridan, 'was
fighting Pickett at Five Forks, and on tha
morning of tho 2d had gone, in obedience to
orders from Lee, to prepare his troops to re
enforca Pickett. Hill's troops, now consist
ing of tho divisions of Heth, C M. Wilcox
and .Mahono, were occupying intrenohinanta
on Dee's right in front of tho positions now
held by the Union corps under "Wright and
Humphreys. "When theso commanders mads
their attack on tho morning of the 2d they
broke through tho Confederate linej com
pletely, and thco Confederates who were on
their left, or tho Petersburg side of tha break,
wore compelled to fleo back towards tho Ap
pomattox and make a detour to join their fel
lows on tha right of the break. "Wright and
Humphreys pushed on so rapidly that tha
Union and Confederate troops wero at tima
tho saruo line in alternate spaces.
Hill was on foot passing along the region
of the battle, and seeing a body of men whom
he supposed from their position to be Con
federates, ho hurried toward thorn only to
learn on drawing near that they wore ene
mies. He now started across a field to gain
tho road near tha
Appomattox where
his friends were
marching, but
camo upon a party
of Union soldiers
who wero separat
ed from their com
maud. One of
thee, feeing n man
in gray within
what wero now tha
Union lines, fired
without warning,
GES. Jl. T. HILL.
and Hill fell without an opportunity to de
fend his life. The mtn among wImmu Hill had
fallen belonged to the Sixth corps and wero
considerably in advance of thoir main line,
having, in fact, mado a rush from tho cap
tured Confederate trenches toward the Appo
mattox. Their impetuous movement was
without the orders of their commanders, and
hence had not been followed up by tho usual
supports. Gradually tho enemy hod rallied
after their surprise, and Gen. Leo, who was in
the vicinity, camo in person to the scene.
Calling for A P. Hill, and not finding him,
ho soon learned that lie had ventured on
dangerous grouud and, dead or nlivo, was in
the hands of tlm Union troops. Leo now or
dered a charge over the grouud where Hill bad
last been seen, tho scattered troops of th
Sixth corps were driven back and lull's body
was recovereL Hiil was a native of Vir
ginia, and had m-eivnd West Point training
and served in the Mexican and Seminole wars.
The successes of 'Wright and Humphreys in
carrying the Confederate intreachtHOBlH
south of Peterbirfr competed the work of
the sioge, which iuwl U-en kept up nearly ti
months. It is true that Petersburg wm ih5
Mirrounderi, but Its Kmthern exit were out
off. It could communicate with Riebinoud,
but Richmond was iuvetod north and east,
and tho piay of twenty miles botvteen the two
places and n tangle outlet to the wctwarl
from a point between the two wan all that re
nmined now to the army with Lee, the chief
reliance of the Confedfiacv.
The losses 111 the sws;ehnve never been sepa
rately computed. The lines under GrsHt's
control ex tended from Petersburg to Rich
mond and two annifis operated upon them,
the Armies of the Potomac and of th Joih-w.
Each of these armies r--nforced the other in
tb duTerent battles and their Iommm figure to
gether in the reports. Tb fighting at rXers
burg began June 9, 1W1, when the troops of
the Army of the James attempted to Mtas tke
place 111 advance of the arrival of LeeS array.
U&l.
t'XlOX BATTXKV OX THE JAKES.
From th lth til Juc ' tbmrou of th4
factual fli.t ru ! th Tin-fees on April 9,
1M5. tber had bn -ontnt coiliaiom sJeor
the line. robuKxii rarjhjfr from mcket vo
Jys to actual ImtU-t. The ComVieral had
acted on the der(Mre with th exception of
the asfnalt at Fort Ktodmsm, Xarok K, Uffi,
otd the a tump made at VArioa twrw to
drive off tbe totx Graot placed a oteorra
tioD alomr te WVldrm road dvrmg tit? tn-
naer and fall of lftf. TV siege was tmo of
rtaarkaWe ta modern war, &
upon it, and yetfcne nuiitary poJtionnvoiirfd
was at no ttnw aeuudrr ant rounded. Ii was
timpiy one end of tne Coufodrrat Una.
Gary" L. Kmtzx. "
All tj LTnttnrt
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