The Savannah Daily Herald.
TUESDAY. APKIL 11. ISOS.
illOll OIK EVEKIXG EDITION
MOKTHEKX DATES TO APRIL 4
The Capture of Richmond.
T&XUXOTHANT SUCCESS AT
Through the kiniluess of (’apt. McGowan
and Oapt. Spicer, we are in possession of
Boston papers of the 3d and 4th inst..
brought by the steamer Blaekstoue, Captain
Berry, from Boston, April 4th.
The papers of the 3d publish the following
telegrams as the first tidings of the victory :
Wak Department, >
Washington, March 3—lo a. m.>
To Major Gen. Dix :
The following telegram from the President,
announcing the evacuation of Petersburg, and
probably of Richmond, has been received by
(Signed) E. M. Stanton,
Secretary of War.
Citt Point, April 3—3.30 a. m.
To Hon. E. M. Stanton,
Secretary of War:
This morning General Grant reports Pe
tersburg evacuated, and he is confident that
Richmond also is He is pushing forward to
out off, if possible, the retreating army.
War Department, )
Washington, 3d—to am.)
To Ma jor Gkn. Dix :
It appears from a despatch of General
Weitzel, just received by this department,
that our forces under his command are in
Richmond, having taken it at 8.15 this
(Signed) E. M. Stanton,
Secretary of War.
War Department, )
Washington, April 3, 12 m. ,
Major General Dix :
The following official information of the
capture of Richmond, and announcing that
the city is on fire, has just been received by
City Point, Va., April 3, 11 a m.
“General Weitzel telegraphs as follows:
“We took Richmond at 8:15 this morn
ing. I captured many guns. The enemy
left in great haste. The city is on fire in one
place, and I am making every effort to put it
“The people received us with enthusiastic
expressions of joy.
“General Grant started early this morning
with the army towards the Danville road to
cut off, if possible, Lee’s retreating army.
“President Lincoln has gone to the front.
• (Signed) Edwin M. Stanto*
J. S. Bowers, A. A. G.”
Grant’s Grand Combinations.
HIS TV HOI,K PLAN SI’CCESSEUL.
New York, April 3.
The Tribune’s Washington despatch says
it is understood there that Grant’s plan' was
that Sheridan should cut the Southside rail
road and reach over to the Danville road.
The armies of the Potomac and James
were to push over to the lett and turn Lee s
right Hank, while the line in front of Peters
burg was still to be held, and if possible ad
vanced. Judging by the latest despatches
the whole plan seems to have been success
lid, including the cutting of the Southside
Railroad, turning Lee’s right and carrying a
portion of the rebel works in front of Peters
'two lines of policy arc believed to be open
to Lee, to retreat to Danville, or failing in
this, to fight until Johnston can be hurried
on the Weldon Railroad to reinioree liim.
This is believed possible, and herein military
men conceive our danger lies.
LATEST FROM AUGUSTA.
Lee and Jouston Making a Stand
at Burkville, Ya.
By an arrival from Augusta last night, we
learn that a report is current, and believed in
high military circles there, that Lee and
Johnston have made a stand at Burkvillc
with a united force of 100,000 uten.
“f‘iK 1 lusoiis auk Easy.”— The Army and
Navy vied with each other yesterday in their
eagerness to pay proper honor to the great
news just officially reported of the fall of
hirst, sailors from the gunboat Pontiac
lielehcd forth from her heavy guns their
opinions on the subject, which were in due
time responded to by the various shore bat
erie9 manned by the Soldiers.
Fort. JacksoD, we believe, led off the
graud chorus of ordance from tW shore, but
the others soon followed.
It is so difficult to tell which department,
the Navy or the Army, was most enthusi
astic in its jubilant display, that we are dis
posed to give them equal credit,and rest con
tent. as we are sometimes compelled to in a
game not quite so important as that of
* \\ ar, ’ by saying ‘ ‘ The Honors are £h-o/.”
A BTCRBORN CONTEST.
Ol : K EVENTUAL SUCCESS.
Details or tlio Cavalry Figlit.
Gallant Conduct of Gens.Siierldan and Custer
Grand Result of the Day’s Work,
New York. April 3.
The Tribune’s despatch gives the following
account of Friday’s fighting:
At daybreak a movement was made to se
cure a position to advance upon the enemy
covering White Oak road, the object being
to possess that road which intersects the
Claiborne road leading to the Southside Rail
At eight o’clock. Ayre’s division, support
ed by Crawford's and Griffin’s, advanced, and
immediately met with a fire from rebel skir
mishers, who were pushed forward to within
a mile of the White Oak road. At this junc
ture the enemy massed, and with their usual
yell charged. Our column wavered for a
time and finally gave way, retiring slowiy
toward Boyd town road, halting on a hill,
where they were supported by Griffin's di
vision, v\ hich hail just come up. They took
shelter in breastworks. The enemy made
several ineffectual attempts to dislodge them,
a fierce tiro of atillery and musketry in the
meanwhile pouring death into the ranks of
At one o’clock Mile's division was ordered
to strike the enemy on tte left flank, while
the sth Corps again essayed to get posses
sion of the White Oak road by advancing
simultaneously. The stli Corps moved upon
the enemy, who stubbornly held bis ground
his ground for some time, when the rapid
volleys from the right and the loud cheers
that followed told of the successful issue of
Miles’attack on the rebel flank as he rolled
up. The enemy's line, now broken, and
falling hack, was instantly followed by War
ren, (sth Corps) who was soon in possession
of the Coveted White Oak road.
The field showed on every hand traces of
the sanguinary conflict. Huge pine3 were
cut down by shot, and the ground over
which Miles swept down upon the enemy’s
flank was covered with the rebel dead.
While this was going on, heavy skirmish
ing was taking place on our line as far as
Hatcher’s Ruu, and our troops in that di
rection were advanced several hundred
yards and entrenched, while the sharpshoot
ers were engaged in silencing the rebel bat
Among the killed is Major Charles J.
Mills, Adjutant to General Humphreys.
Os the Cavalry fight on Friday, the' Times
special says : At One P. M., 'Smith’s brig
ade of Cook's division rested on Stony Creek
north west of Dinwiddie Court Couse, sup
ported by Gregg’s, Davis’ and Fitszliugh’s
brigade, the latter facing southwest and cov
ering a point near Stony Creek, were five
roads to come together, known as Five
Forks, held by the enemy and which we
tried to take the day before but failed.—
Stagg’s Michigan brigade was in position on
Gravelly Branch and a portion of Gibbs’ bri
gade was in reserve.
At (j A. M. the enemy attacked Smith in
considerable force, but Were unsuccessful.
An hour later Major Robbins, of Davis's
brigade, holding a bridge over Stony creek
with a battalion of the Ist N. J., was attack
ed and slowly driven back to their brigade.
At this juncture the enemy moved three
columns across the creek at three poiuts,
and at once with superior numbots were en
abled to flauk Davis’s brigade after a stub
born witli the column advancing In front.—
The fight continued till about 5 P. M., at
which time the enemy had Cut off Devin
with Fitz Hugh’s and Stagg’s brigades and
forced them back in a northwesterly direc
tion to the Boydtown Plank road,
a little east of north of Dinwiddie Court
House, and on which this portion of com
mand during the evening moved to that
Gibbs’ brigade for a long time held its po- ;
sition and made two successful charges, in i
one of which the First United States, Capt.
Lord, and the Sixth Pennsylvania, dreive the
enemy's strong line of infantry and captured ’
about one huudred men. During this charge i
several hundred of the rebels threw down
their arms and attempted to rush into our
lines. The movement was not generally ob
served in season to prevent a volley being
opened on them. This caused a hesitation
long enough for their officers to cover them
with a tire from the rear. #
At 5 o’clock Gibbs had fallen back to with
in one mile of Dimviddie Court House and
was here relieved by Capehart’s brigade of
Cnstar’s division, wuich was soon strength
ened by the arrival of Col. Penington with
a part of his brigade. From this time until
dark Custar had the tight and the enemy did
not advance to hold the ground a single rod
after striking his line.
When Custar came to the front a scene of
the wildest excitement prevailed- Capehart
had his brigade on the left and Penington op
the right, and before anything to fight; be
hind could be put up the enemy came swarm
ing out of ihe woods iu front'as if confident
of demolishing everything before them.—
General Custar was received by Ins men
with cheers. He immediately set. Cape
hart’s band to playing “Hail Columbia” and
other patriotic pieces. This revived the
spirits of all present, and the music brought
forth cheers from thousands of wearied men.
As the enemy opened upon the line, Gen
erals Sheridan and Custer, with their staff's,
rode along the line witli their respective
colors displayed. The demonstration elicited
renewed enthusiasm along the whole line,
and by the time this was over a heavy fire
had been opened with artillery. The enemy
charged several times, and were repulsed
with great slaughter. Capehart saw one of
his regiments, the Ist Virginia, dashing off.
Not having given the order, he followed,
and found Gen. Merritt and Col. Forsyth, of
Sheridan’s staff, and others, at the head of
the regiment. The enemy fell back hastily
before these troops, and’ did not attempt
again to force our lines.
The result of Friday’s fighting, the Times’
correspondent says, was: “We swung the
leu arouml three miles north of the Boyd
town plank road, leaving between it and the
Somhside Raihoad hut a single line of
brcastwoik* thrown up snre Wednesday
, night- We captured about 1000 prisoners
| and our loss is not over 2000.
The enemy have suffered more heavily
i and their forces were becoming demoralized
; very rapidly. In the evening they could not
1 be induced to make another charge ou the
j sth Corps front, although they had fought
i desperate y early in the day.
THE FALL OF RICHMOND.
ffilitary Operations Prior to its Capture.
Account of Saturday’s Fight.
General Attack Ordered along
the Entire Line.
The Enemy Driven in Confusion.
Wholesale Captures of Pris
oners and Artillery.
New York, Aril 4th.
Os Satuiday's opera',ions the Tribune’s
correspondent says: At one a. m. the fifth
corps was again in motion, passing to the
. hdt along \\ hite Oak road, to join Sheridan,
executing the difficult movement of march
ing by ibe flank in the presence of the ene
i ray, withdrawing the divisions in the rear of
1 each other and marching them off success
ively 1 rom rigid to left; the left division
j (Crawford's*) moving the same way by bri
; g’Kles. While this was taking place, the
second corps moved towards the White
Oak road by a more direct route and estab
lished a connection with the right of the
lu the meanwhile Sheridan, with four di
visions ot cavalry, passed around the left of
the whole army, next through Dinwiddie
Court House and towards the Southside Rail
road with his usual rapidity. The forces
which drove ~ Crawford and Ayres across
I Gravelly Run at once turned their attention
to Sheridan, who moved rapidly to the right,
and after a desperate conflict he also was
forced back within a mile ot Dinwiddie
Court House, but being joined by Warren s
Corps, he again took the offensive, and in
turn drove the enemy, capturing Five Forks,
about 4,<)00 prisoners, and several batteries of
He was then joined bv Miles division of the
second corps, and pushed westward for the
Southside Railroad. This he soon reached
and took a position upon it. The fifth corps
supporting the cavalry, also took fifteen gnus
and about two thousand prisoners, enabling
Sheridan to drive back tiie force on Friday
afternoon, checked his advance near Din
widdie Court House. On receiving this
news, it was determined to give the enemy
no time to send troops to their right, and a'i
once a simultaneous attack was ordeied
along the lines by the ninth, sixth, tweutv-
lourth and second corps.
The order was given about nine o'clock at
night, and iu less than an hour* a furious as
sault began ou the rebel intrenchments, re
sulting in the enemy being driven in confu
sion from their first into tneir second line of
works, with a loss of over five thousand
prisoners, several forts, and about twenty
pieces ot artillery.
The Second Corps was engaged all day in
their front, and in spite of the terrible fire of
musketry, they succeeded in mainlaing their
new lines, which were several hundred yards
in advance ot the line they occupied in the
The 24th Corps occupied the centre of our
line, its left connecting with the 2d at Hatch
er’s Run, and its right going to the left ot
the Oth Corps.
Before daylight Sunday morning, the reb
els made a furious attack on.this position of
the line, driving a portion of the Third Brio--
ttdc fiom their breastworks, and capturing
about one hundred prisoners. Their success!
however did not last long, the Twentieth
1 ennsylvama. by a gallant charge, drove
them back beyond their first line, A sharp
fire was kept up all day by both sides.
Owing to the hot fire by our sharpshooters
the rebels were unable to work their artille
ry, consequently very few casualties occurred
on our side from shells. Our batteries, how
ever, rained an incessant fire into the rebel
entrenchments. There was little fighting in
front ot the Gth corps until night, when con
siderable shelling occurred. Quiet also
reigned in front of the Uth corps.
Bo matters stood until ten o’clock when
the 2d corps was started into sharper atten
tion by a lew shots in their front, and soon
settling into battling batteries.
In the clamor the firing spread rapidly #
the front of the 24th corps, then on to the
lith then away to the right until it reached
the ‘fib about 11 o'clock, nt which time the
fighting was at its highest.
Presently cheers broke out on the front of
the second corps as the lire slackened. By
.10 a. m. the tire had nearly ceased along
the whole line, but at 4 a. m. it suddenly
broke out again nearer than ever to the sec
ond corps, while a sharp artillery practice
was heard far to the right, and again the
crash ot battle spread from end to end of the
At six the battle was raging fiercely, but
our odors were advancing ail along the line.
the. World’s correspondence reporta the
attack on Petersburg defences was to take
place. | nday morning at 4a. m, but the
failure on our left was doubtless tne cause of
Tne plan of this last place or the action
was this: Gen. Grant on receipt of the news
ot Sheridan’s victory at Five Forks, immedi
ately despatched orders to each of the corps
commanders to open without loss of time
with both artillery and infantry upon the
: mam works at Petersburg. Before 10 o'clock
our columns had passed the line and were on
their way to the rebel entrenchments; Parke
on the right, Wright on the centre and Orel
on the left, marched almost at the 9atne in
• The Sixth Corps (TV right's) was arranged
m double Hue ot battle, and without cere
mony they threw themselves en masse into
the ditch and up the parapet. The contest
was short, though terrible and desperate.
In places the ditches were heaped with
living combatants, but every now and then
northern cheers told how tile conflict went.
On each side ot the Sixth Corps the scene
was the same. Opposite Fort Hell they had
a tort callee Fort Heaven, at which ‘place
they fought like Satan’s legions.
A young fellow once offered to kiss a
(jaakeiess. “Friend,” said she, “thee must
not do it.” “Oh, by Jove, but I must!” said
the youth. “Well, friend, as thee hast
sworn, thee may do it: but thee must not
make a practice of it.”
LATEST FROM THE FRONT I
Destruction of Army Stores in
The Virginia Central Road Used to Carry
Washington, April 4.
Advices from the army to-day state that
at ( ity Point yesterday, it was cstimnted
that the prisoners captured would reach
twenty thousand, and several portions of the
army had yet to be heard from.
Tiie enemy commenced evacuating Pe~,
tersburg on Sunday P. M. During Sunday
night they blew up several magazines in the
latter place, and set fire to tile buildings con
taining army stores.
In and around Petersburg the destruction
of stores iu immense. Portion of the Ninth
Corps occupied Petersburg yesterday morn
From midnight to daylight ou Monday,
trains could he heard distinctly at Weitzel’s
headqurters, running out of Richmond on
the-Mrginia Central Rail Road.
It is not believed that the Danville road
was used at all by the enemy, owing to the
proximity of Sheridans cavalry. During
Saturday the Fifth and Sixth Corps took
nine thousand prisoners. Gen. Russell, of
tiie Twenty-Fifth Corps, was killed, and
Gen. Potter, ol the Ninth Corps, severely
Our losses in Friday’s and Saturday’s fight
are not so great as at first anticipated. The
I resident did not go to Richmond yesterday.
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