150 Years Ago Today at Petersburg: March 31, 1865

March 31, 2015 150 Years Ago Today

March 31, 1865 The engagement at Dinwiddie Court-House, VA, where Maj. Gen. George Pickett, CSA, repels the attacks by Maj. Gens. Philip H. Sheridan, and Gouverneur Warren, USA, however retreating to Five Forks, which weakens the Petersburg, VA, line, which will ultimately help cause the final break in Lee’s defensive position. The engagement at the […]

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150 Years Ago Today: The Battle of Dinwiddie Court House: March 31, 1865

March 31, 2015 150 Years Ago Today

March 31, 1865: Sheridan Survives a Confederate Counterattack Note: Click here for maps on the Battle of Dinwiddie Court House. The Battle of Dinwiddie Court House was fought on March 31, 1865, 150 years ago today, along with the Battle of White Oak Road.  This day’s actions were the twin penultimate battles of the Five […]

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150 Years Ago Today: The Battle of White Oak Road: March 31, 1865

March 31, 2015 150 Years Ago Today

March 31, 1865: Lee Punishes a Probing Fifth Corps…But Is Forced to Fall Back The Battle of White Oak Road was fought on March 31, 1865, 150 years ago today, along with the Battle of Dinwiddie Court House.  This day’s actions were the twin penultimate battles of the Five Forks “mini-campaign,” and caused the fateful […]

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LT: March 31, 1865 Robert E. Lee

March 31, 2015 Lee Robert E.

No. 199. [Telegram] (Copy) Head Qrs. Mar 31/65. Hon. Secretary Of War, Genl. Taylor reports enemy has commenced the siege of the Eastern defences of Mobile. Our fire, so far, is superior. Our casualties few and slight. On the 28th. the Federal fleet attempted to co-operate in the attack, but was driven off. One Monitor was sunk on the Western […]

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LT: March 31, 1865 Theodore Lyman

March 31, 2015 Lyman Theodore

March 31, 1865 The rain held up about ten A.M. and the sun once more shone. By this time our lines, running east and west, had been moved due north, till they rested their right on Hatcher’s Run, north of the Crow house, and their left on the Boydton plank, near the entrance of the Quaker road. For […]

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NP: April 3, 1865 Richmond Examiner: Operations on the Southside, March 28-31, 1865

March 31, 2015 April 1865

Editor’s Note: This article was transcribed by Jackie Martin. OPERATIONS ON THE SOUTHSIDE—ATTEMPT OF GRANT TO REACH THE RAILROAD.      The Petersburg EXPRESS says Grant has been attempting with all his might to extend his left, and reach, if possible, the Southside railroad.—He is reported to have forty thousand men on the field—two or three […]

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150 Years Ago Today at Petersburg: March 30, 1865

March 30, 2015 150 Years Ago Today

March 30, 1865 Grant’s Ninth Offensive against Petersburg and Richmond hits a lull as heavy rain falls all day. Skirmish near Five Forks, VA, the Richmond, VA, Campaign. Skirmishes on the line of Hatcher’s Run and Gravelly Run, VA, the Richmond, VA, Campaign. Note: All “Today In The Petersburg Campaign” blog entries are used with […]

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150 Years Ago Today: A Lull Before the Storm: March 30, 1865

March 30, 2015 150 Years Ago Today

March 30, 1865: Rain Causes a Lull Rain filled the air on March 30, 1865, 150 years ago today at the Siege of Petersburg.  While there was no major fighting today, the last time this would be true until Petersburg and Richmond fell, key decisions were made and some movements launched which would influence events […]

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LT: March 30, 1865 Ansel Bartlett (58th Massachusetts)

March 30, 2015 Soldier Studies Collection

Editor’s Note: The Soldier Studies web site (http://www.soldierstudies.org) collects and publishes letters written during the Civil War. Owner/editor Chris Wehner was kind enough to grant me written permission to publish a selection of letters from his site which focus on the Siege of Petersburg.  Look for letters to appear here during the 150th anniversary of the Siege of […]

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LT: March 30, 1865 Robert E. Lee

March 30, 2015 Lee Robert E.

No. 198. [Telegram] (Copy) Head Qrs. Mar. 30/65. Hon. Secy. War, Genl. Gordon reports that the enemy, at 11 P.M. yesterday [March 29, 1865], advanced against a part of his line defended by Brig. Genl. Lewis, but was repulsed. The line of Artillery and Mortars continued for several hours with considerable activity. No damage on our lines reported.1 The enemy still […]

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