LT: October 28, 1864 Theodore Lyman

October 28, 2014 Lyman Theodore

October 28, 1864 Where do you think I am? Why, right by my dear chimney! All camped just where we were! I called our movement a grand reconnaissance in force; it would be more fair to call it an “attempt,” whose success depended on the enemy not having certain advantages of position. But they were […]

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150 Years Ago Today: Skirmish in Front of Fort Morton and Fort Sedgwick: October 27, 1864

October 28, 2014 150 Years Ago Today

October 27, 1864: Skirmishes at “Fort Crater” and “The Chimneys” Editor’s Note: I wanted to pull out these skirmishes and highlight them a day after the two major battles of the Sixth Offensive which occurred on the same day.  As a result, this post comes 150 years…and a day, after the events described. On the […]

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MAP: The Attack on “Fort Crater”: October 27, 1864 (Civil War Regiments, Vol. 2, No. 2)

October 28, 2014 Other Siege of Petersburg Maps

1 Source: Assault on Fort Crater: October 27, 1864. Map created by David Woodbury. (Civil War Regiments, Volume 2, No. 2, page 148). For more great detailed studies of Civil War units, check out Civil War Regiments Journal, available from Savas Beatie. This map was used with the express written consent of Ted Savas and […]

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150 Years Ago Today at Petersburg: October 27, 1864

October 27, 2014 150 Years Ago Today

October 27, 1864 The engagement at Boydton Plank Road or Hatcher’s Run, the Richmond, VA, Campaign.  10/27-28/1864. The engagement at Fair Oaks and Darbytown Road, the Richmond, VA, Campaign, as Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, USA, attempts to move on Petersburg, VA, before winter, but to no avail as Maj. Gens. Henry Heth and William […]

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LT: October 27, 1864 Samuel K. Miller

October 27, 2014 Miller Samuel K.

Editor’s Note: Samuel K. Miller of the 211th Pennsylvania wrote 46 letters home during his time in the Union army, almost all of it spent at the Siege of Petersburg in the Ninth Corps.  Miller’s great-grandson Myron M. Miller recently edited these letters in his book The Soul of a Soldier: The True Story of a Mounted Pioneer […]

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150 Years Ago Today: Battle of Fair Oaks and Darbytown Road: October 27, 1864

October 27, 2014 150 Years Ago Today

The Battle of Fair Oaks and Darbytown Road: October 27, 1864: Butler’s Fizzle and More Controversy   Note: Click to see maps of the Battle of Fair Oaks and Darbytown Road, which should help you follow along with the action. Brief Summary: On October 27, 1864, 150 years ago today, the northern half of Grant’s Sixth […]

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LT: October 27, 1864 Theodore Lyman

October 27, 2014 Lyman Theodore

October 27, 1864 I won’t write at length till I get a decent chance. I caught the greatest pelting with all sorts of artillery projectiles to-day, you ever saw, but no hurt therefrom. I could not help being amused, despite the uncomfortable situation, by the distinguished “queue” of gentlemen, behind a big oak! There was […]

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150 Years Ago Today: Battle of Boydton Plank Road: October 27, 1864

October 27, 2014 150 Years Ago Today

The Battle of Boydton Plank Road: October 27, 1864: Hancock Gets Into…and Out Of Serious Trouble Note: Click to see maps of the Battle of Boydton Plank Road, which should help you follow along with the action. Brief Summary: Editor’s Note: Bryce Suderow has already penned an excellent summary of the October 27, 1864 fighting on […]

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150 Years Ago Today at Petersburg: October 26, 1864

October 26, 2014 150 Years Ago Today

October 26, 1864 No major events at the Siege of Petersburg today. 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. Copyright © 1993, 1994 by […]

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Confederate Casualties at Burgess Mill by Bryce Suderow

October 26, 2014 Casualties

Editor’s Note: Bryce Suderow shared this original research on Confederate Army casualties at the Battle of Burgess Mill (aka the Battle of Boydton Plank Road) on October 27, 1864. He used a variety of sources to determine these casualty figures, including regimental histories, period newspapers, and various archival sources. He has given written permission to […]

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