NP: April 1, 1965 Petersburg Progress-Index: Siege Centennial, Part 39: Five Forks: Signal For Evacuation

May 27, 2016 Postwar Newspapers

Five Forks: Signal For Evacuation (The following is the thirty-ninth in a series of articles published in observance of the centennial of the campaign for Petersburg.) A century ago today the Battle of Five Forks wrote finis to the campaign for Petersburg and spelled out in terms which could not be mistaken the necessity for […]

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NP: March 24, 1865 The Roman Citizen (Rome, NY): 50th NY Eng Letter, March 14, 1865

May 25, 2016 March 1865

SOPO Editor’s Note: Noah Andrew Trudeau found and transcribed several letters for the 15th New York Engineers page at the excellent New York Division of Military and Naval Affairs web site. I did further research and found this letter from the 50th New York Engineers in the same newspaper at the also excellent Old Fulton NY Postcards site. I transcribed this […]

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Petersburg Medals of Honor: Gallant Vermonters

May 23, 2016 Deeds of Valor, Volume 1

GALLANT VERMONTERS1 ——- The Vermont Brigade, having received orders to attack Petersburg, moved promptly on the morning of April 2d at the given signal. After passing over about half the distance, the advancing column was exposed to a well-directed musketry fire from the front and artillery fire from forts on either side, which completely enfiladed […]

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NP: March 25, 1965 Petersburg Progress-Index: Siege Centennial, Part 38: The Last Grand Offensive

May 20, 2016 Postwar Newspapers

The Last Grand Offensive (Today is the hundredth anniversary of the Battle of Fort Stedman, which has been called the last grand offensive of the Army of Northern Virginia. The following is the thirty-eighth in a series of articles published here in observance of the centennial of the campaign for Petersburg.) *     *     * The […]

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NP: March 17, 1865 The Roman Citizen (Rome, NY): 15th NY Eng Letter, March 4, 1865

May 18, 2016 March 1865

SOPO Editor’s Note: Noah Andrew Trudeau found and transcribed this letter for the 15th New York Engineers page at the excellent New York Division of Military and Naval Affairs web site. I found the newspapers in question at the also excellent Old Fulton NY Postcards site. Army Correspondence FORT MCKEON, – CITY POINT, Va., March […]

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Petersburg Medals of Honor: Rewarded Twice

May 16, 2016 Deeds of Valor, Volume 1

REWARDED TWICE1 ——- First Lieutenant Thomas W. Custer, of Company B, Sixth Michigan Cavalry, distinguished himself at Namozine Church, April 2d [sic, April 3rd], and at Sailor’s Creek, Va., April 6th, by the capture of a battle-flag at each place. At Sailor’s Creek Lieutenant Custer leaped his horse over the enemy’s line of works and […]

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NP: March 24, 1965 Petersburg Progress-Index: Siege Centennial, Part 37: Toward the Denouement

May 13, 2016 Postwar Newspapers

Toward the Denouement (The following is the thirty-seventh in a series of articles published in observance of the centennial of the 1864-65 campaign for Petersburg. At this stage of the proceedings the end of a long and tragic story was not far away. Grant was making plans and dispositions for an achievement which had been […]

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NP: February 24, 1865 The Roman Citizen (Rome, NY): 15th NY Eng Letter, February 13, 1865

May 11, 2016 February 1865

SOPO Editor’s Note: Noah Andrew Trudeau found and transcribed several letters for the 15th New York Engineers page at the excellent New York Division of Military and Naval Affairs web site. I did further research and found this and other letters written by “D. C. P.” at the also excellent Old Fulton NY Postcards site. I transcribed this and other […]

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Petersburg Medals of Honor: In Full View of the Enemy

May 9, 2016 Deeds of Valor, Volume 1

IN FULL VIEW OF THE ENEMY1 ——- In the latter part of March, 1865, the Second Division of the Twenty-fifth Army Corps, General William Birney commanding, was detached from the Army of the James and moved to the left of the Sixth Army Corps, near Hatcher’s Run, Va., to take part in the final operations […]

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NP: February 5, 1965 Petersburg Progress-Index: Siege Centennial, Part 36: Another Battle, Another Warning

May 6, 2016 Postwar Newspapers

Another Battle, Another Warning (The following is the thirty-sixth in a series of articles published in observance of the centennial of the 1864-65 campaign for Petersburg. A hundred years ago, Grant was attempting to extend his line and reach the South Side Railroad which connected Petersburg with Lynchburg. Although the effort did not accomplish its […]

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