March 13, 1865
Skirmish near Beaver Dam Station, VA, with Maj. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan’s, USA, Cavalry force on their way to join up with the Union forces under Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, USA, on the siege lines of Petersburg, VA.
Ulysses S. Grant asks George G. Meade if Brigadier General Ranald S. Mackenzie can be spared from Sixth Corps, Army of the Potomac to command the Army of the James’ cavalry division. Meade has no objection.
Confederate rifles near the Baxter Road and 8-inch Columbiads and mortars on the Petersburg Pike duel with Union Battery 14, Battery 15, Fort Morton, and Fort Avery around 3 pm.
General Robert E. Lee orders Lieutenant General James Longstreet to start early the next morning, take Pickett’s Division, three batteries of artillery, and Fitzhugh Lee’s cavalry division to intercept Sheridan’s Union cavalry and prevent as much damage from occurring as possible. Pickett is ordered to move north in the direction of Hanover Junction via the Brook Road.
Note: All “Today In The Petersburg Campaign” blog entries are used with permission from Ronald A. Mosocco’s Chronological Tracking of the American Civil War per the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion. Order the book HERE.
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