150 Years Ago Today at Petersburg: February 28, 1865

February 28, 2015 150 Years Ago Today

February 28, 1865 Orders are given for Major General Phil Sheridan’s cavalry expedition from the Shenandoah Valley to set off at 6 am on March 1. Jefferson Davis encourages General Robert E. Lee to meet with Ulysses S. Grant if what General Order has told General Longstreet is true (it isn’t). General Robert E. Lee […]

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150 Years Ago Today at Petersburg: February 27, 1865

February 27, 2015 150 Years Ago Today

February 27, 1865 Federal expedition from Winchester, VA, to the front of Petersburg, VA.  2/27-3/28/1865. Maj. Gen. Philip Henry Sheridan’s US command starts from Winchester, VA, to Petersburg, VA, as Brig. Gen. Wesley Merritt, USA, moves with 10,000 Union Cavalry to operate against the Virginia Central Railroad and the James River Canal.  Merritt is also […]

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150 Years Ago Today at Petersburg: February 26, 1865

February 26, 2015 150 Years Ago Today

February 26, 1865 Brigadier General Thomas A. Smyth , commanding Second Division, Second Corps, Army of the Potomac, is ordered to the command of his former brigade once Brigadier General William Hays arrives to take over command of the division. Note: All “Today In The Petersburg Campaign” blog entries are used with permission from Ronald […]

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Ed Bearss Crater Troop Movement Maps

February 26, 2015 News and Notes

A few days ago I shared the news that I had finally obtained the detailed troop movement maps Ed Bearss created for Petersburg National Battlefield. In that post, I shared several zoomed in sections of the first map focusing on the October 27, 1864 Battle of Boydton Plank Road.  There are over 60 maps in […]

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LT: February 26, 1865 Samuel K. Miller

February 26, 2015 Miller Samuel K.

February 26, 1865 Headquarters 9th Army Corps [Virginia] #30 Dear wife, Some five or six days has elapsed since I wrote you last. I received a Star [newspaper] from you a day or two ago which was a welcome visitor. I also expected a letter, too, but I have not received one yet. But as […]

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150 Years Ago Today at Petersburg: February 25, 1865

February 25, 2015 150 Years Ago Today

February 25, 1865 Second Corps commander Andrew A. Humphreys arrives at Second Corps headquarters at 2 am, fresh from his leave of absence. Brigadier General William Hays, reporting to the Siege of Petersburg for duty, is assigned to command of Second Division, Second Corps, Army of the Potomac. Ulysses S. Grant warns Army of the […]

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History and Tour Guide of Five Forks, Hatcher’s Run and Namozine Church by Chris Calkins

February 25, 2015 Ninth Offensive

History and Tour Guide of Five Forks, Hatcher’s Run and Namozine Church (Including the Battles of Lewis’ Farm, White Oak Road, and Dinwiddie Court House) by Chris Calkins BTC’s Take: This little book is packed with action from March 29-April 3, 1865, skipping only the final fighting at Petersburg on April 2.  Essentially, this is a […]

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New Review of The Siege of Petersburg: The Battles for the Weldon Railroad

February 24, 2015 News and Notes

Author John Horn kindly informed me via email that a review of his new book The Siege of Petersburg: The Battles for the Weldon Railroad had been posted at Gettysburg Chronicle.  The reviewer gave the book high marks.  Be sure to check it out, and also take a look at my recent interview with Mr. Horn. […]

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150 Years Ago Today at Petersburg: February 24, 1865

February 24, 2015 150 Years Ago Today

February 24, 1865 Grant orders General John Parke, in temporary command of the Army of the Potomac, and Major General Edward O. C. Ord, in command of the Army of the James, to announce the capture of Wilmington, North Carolina on February 22 and fire a salute in honor of the capture at 4 pm. […]

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LT: February 24, 1865 Robert E. Lee

February 24, 2015 Lee Robert E.

No. 190. [Telegram] Dated Hd. Qrs. Armies C. S. Feb. 24th. 1865. Rec[eive]d. at Richmond 5 O’Clock P.M. To His Excellency Jefferson Davis President. Hampton reports from Chesterville yesterday evening no enemy nearer than White Oak. A large force of Cavalry moved from Hopewell Church towards Rocky-mount ferry on Wateree. Butler is across river and […]

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