The Dying Struggle of the Rebellion, the Crowning Victories of the Union
Now let the country rejoice. The great jubilee of our final deliverance is at hand. Yesterday was a glorious Sabbath day for the cause of the Union, the brightest in the calendar since the beginning of this terrible war; for it opens wide the way to peace and the complete vindication of the republic.
Between the two Urban armies immediately under the eye of General Grant, and the rebel forces under General Lee, there was a tremendous struggle yesterday for Richmond, in the woods and fields, hills and valleys, and on the roads and creeks a few miles south and west of Petersburg, and from twenty-five to thirty miles beyond the rebel capital. The movement of General Grant in force against the Southside Railroad, the most important to Lee of his last two remaining arteries of subsistence, reduced him to the alternative of a fight for the road or the evacuation of Richmond. Grant, of permitted to occupy the Southside road, would be in a position to command, occupy or destroy the Danville road; and Lee, thus completely isolated from his communications, would be driven to the expedient of leaving the city by cutting his way out, or by a stealthy evacuation, in order to secure his necessary supplies.
General Lee accepted the wager of battle, and the results are before our readers in President Lincoln brief, graphic and admirable dispatches. They give us a birdseye view of the whole field of the army operations, and are perfectly satisfactory. Twelve thousand prisoners and fifty pieces of artillery in the work of carrying difficult positions and powerful fortifications, over a line of battle from fifteen to twenty miles in extent, will do for one day. Lee, closely cornered last night in Petersburg, will, in all probability, before tomorrow morning, if he can get off, be on the road to Lynchburg. That now is his only line of escape. The end is indeed near at hand. Let the people give thanks and rejoice.