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the night of March 27, the Army of the James, under Gen. Ord (Capt. Hodge, Capt. James Burke, and the 54th Regiment) were secretly moved from the right flank to the left. This placed them on the west side of Petersburg.
On the morning of the 29th Sheridan's cavalry (Capts. Blough, Black and Hads), with the 2d Corps (Capt. Fite) and Warren's 5th Corps (Capt. Stackhouse) were also moved to the left flank. For the movements of Sheridan's cavalry for the next three days see the maneuvers and engagements at Dinwiddie Court House and Five Forks.
At 9 p. m., April 1, when Grant heard of Sheridan's success at Five Forks, he immediately ordered an assault all along Lee's lines to begin at 4 o'clock the next morning, but a little daylight being required, the bombardment was delayed until 4:45, when the thunder of hundreds of guns shook the earth. All the troops were engaged. At 5:15 a. m. a message came from Gen. Wright that he had carried the enemy's line and was pushing on. Gen Parke (Capt. S. W. Davis) had captured the outer works in his front, with twelve pieces of artillery and 800 prisoners. Gen. Grant sent a telegram to Mr. Lincoln announcing these victories, and also that Sheridan with his cavalry (Capts. Black, Blough and Hads) and with the 5th Corps ( Capt. Stackhouse), which "I sent him, is sweeping down from the west." At 7:30 Gen. Humphreys (Capt. Fite) sent a dispatch that he had carried the line in his front. All the news was cheering, and by noon all the outer works were taken, except Forts Gregg, Sedgwick and Whitworth. (See engagements at Forts Gregg and Sedgwick.)
Gen. Parke (Capt. S. W. Davis) entered Petersburg at 4:45 a. m., April 3d. Lee had evacuated the city between 10 and 3 o'clock that night. Gen. Grant went into the city about 9 a. m. and made his headquarters on a front porch while waiting for Mr. Lincoln, who, with "Tad," soon came. It was probably the happiest moment of his life. With a long and rapid stride and his countenance beaming with delight, President Lincoln came up to Gen. Grant, and grasping his hand said: "Do you know, general, I have had a sort of sneaking idea for some days that you intended to do something like this, though I thought some time ago that you would so maneuver as to have Sherman come up and be near enough to co-operate with you." Grant took leave of Mr. Lincoln; he and Meade joined Ord at Sutherland Station that evening.
Tuesday, April 4, the army took a few hours' sleep, and at