December 31, 1864
The Confederate sharpshooter battalions of Scales’ and McGowan’s Brigades attack the Union Sixth Corps skirmish line to procure clothes and other supplies for the winter.
President Abraham Lincoln contemplates removing Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler, USA from command for the botched assault on Fort Fisher, Wilmington, NC.
Major General Gouverneur Warren, commander of Fifth Corps, Army of the Potomac, is granted a 15 day leave of absence.
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Mentions of This Date at The Siege of Petersburg Online:
- 150 Years Ago Today: Scales and McGowan’s Sharpshooters vs. Sixth Corps: December 31, 1864
- EXCERPT: McGowan’s/Scales’ Sharpshooter Battalions vs. Sixth Corps, December 31, 1864 (Blackwood Benson)
- MAP: Scales and McGowan’s Sharpshooters vs. Sixth Corps: December 31, 1864
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