Friday, February 21, 2014
The Battle of Smithfield, Va.-- Part 3
They saw Capt. Lee's Union forces posted at the top of Todd's Hill at the junction of Church and Main Streets. Confederate Captain Studevant sent a letter to lee demanding his surrender.
Lee replied asking for a meeting, but J.O. Thomas told Sturdevant that the meeting was just a ploy to buy time for Lee so the gunboat could return. A flood tide was coming in and the Smith Briggs would be able to rescue Lee's force.
The demand for immediate surrender was reissued and again refused. At this time, the Smith Briggs arrived.
Sgt. Heines took the surrender demand to Lee and came galloping back as fast as he could saying the gunboat was in sight.