–On March 31, Maj. Gen. W.H. Fitzhugh
Lee’s cavalry and Pickett’s infantry division met the Union vanguard
north and northwest of Dinwiddie Court House and drove it back,
temporarily stalling Sheridan’s movement.
–With Union infantry approaching from
the east, Pickett withdrew before daybreak to entrench at the vital
road junction at Five Forks.
–Lee ordered Pickett to hold this intersection
at all hazard.