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house) on the left of the Boydton road. The four companies in these movements and engagements were:
On March 30th, Gen. Grant's headquarters near Dabney's Mills were towards the right of his line. Gen. Horace Porter, one of his staff officers, says that Sheridan rode up to the tent, and dismounting, was asked about the situation on the left. Cheerful and optimistic, but restless and impatient, Sheridan finally said: I tell you, I'm ready to strike out to-morrow and go to smashing things, all the while pacing up and down in front of Grant's tent, chafing like a hound in the leash.
Porter urged him to go in and speak thus before Gen. Grant, as Sheridan's feelings were those of all, but Sheridan declined to do so. However, through Porter's diplomacy, Gen. Grant called on Sheridan, who was in Gen. Ingalls' tent. In about twenty minutes Sheridan came out, mounted his white pacer, which had been captured at Missionary Ridge, and waving a goodby, was off to Dinwiddie.
The engagements on the Quaker road on the 30th, and at Dinwiddie on the White Oak road and the marching on the 31st, brought on the decisive battle of Five Forks. Gen. Grant had instructed Gen. Sheridan to go ahead and smash things. Of this brilliant combat Gen. Porter says: It was one of the most interesting technical battles of the war, almost perfect in conception, brilliant in execution, strikingly dramatic in its incidents, and productive of immensely important results.
In the action there were three companies from Johnstown and one from Wilmore, with the 54th Regiment, Col. Campbell's old but reorganized companies, not far off. The four companies were: