Petersburg Medals of Honor: Engineer, Surgeon and Hero

April 11, 2016 Deeds of Valor, Volume 1

ENGINEER, SURGEON AND HERO1 ——- The siege of Petersburg was terminated by the action of April 2, 1865. Lee withdrew on the 3d, leaving Petersburg and Richmond in the possession of the Union generals. This scene is remarkable in the history of the Civil War for the terrible losses suffered by both armies. In this […]

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NP: October 28, 1964 Petersburg Progress-Index: Siege Centennial, Part 32: “The Inequality Is Too Great”

April 8, 2016 Postwar Newspapers

“The Inequality Is Too Great” (The following is the thirty-second in a series of articles published in observance of the centennial of the 1864-65 campaign for Petersburg. A century ago today one of Grant’s leftward thrusts was being blunted. Also in progress was a presidential campaign, and the leftward thrust was not unrelated to the […]

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NP: February 19, 1953 Sandy Creek (NY) News: Thomas Moore (96th NY) at the Siege of Petersburg, Part 1

April 6, 2016 Postwar Newspapers

SOPO Editor’s Note: This article was transcribed by Jackie Martin.  This series of articles covers the Civil War “Memories” of Private Thomas Moore of the 96th New York.  In an article accompanying this series, I discuss how the clues provided in these articles allowed me to figure out the regiment to which Thomas Moore belonged. MEMORIES […]

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Finding Thomas Moore: An Army of the James Soldier’s Account of the Petersburg Campaign

April 5, 2016 Individuals

In a series of posts taken from 1953 issues of the Sandy Creek (NY) News, you’ll be reading about one Thomas Moore, a soldier in Benjamin Butler’s Army of the James who fought at the Siege of Petersburg.  Three articles in this series focus on his time at Bermuda Hundred, both before and during the Siege.  […]

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Petersburg Medals of Honor: Attracted General Custer’s Attention

April 4, 2016 Deeds of Valor, Volume 1

ATTRACTED GENERAL CUSTER’S ATTENTION1 ——- At the battle of Five Forks, Va., April 1, 1865, Lieutenant Wilmon W. Blackmar, of Company H, First West Virginia Cavalry was brigade provost-marshal on the staff of General Capehart, commander of the First Brigade of General Custer’s Cavalry Division. General Capehart’s Brigade had been ordered to join in the […]

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NP: October 11, 1964 Petersburg Progress-Index: Siege Centennial, Part 31: “Busiest Place In The United States”

April 1, 2016 Postwar Newspapers

“Busiest Place In The United States” (The following is the thirty-first in a series of articles published in observance of the centennial of the 1864-65 campaign for Petersburg. A century ago the ancient village of City Point had mushroomed into a great wartime city as General U. S. Grant’s headquarters. Later the temporary structures would […]

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LT: August 2, 1864 Harvey J. Hightower (20th Georgia)

March 30, 2016 Hightower Harvey J.

Editor’s Note: Harvey (or Harvie) J. Hightower belonged to Company G, 20th Georgia.  The 20th Georgia belonged to Longstreet’s (Anderson’s) First Corps, and participated in the Siege of Petersburg. This letter of Hightower to  his sister Martha written during the Siege of Petersburg was originally published in The Georgia Historical Quarterly, Volume 40, Number 2 […]

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Petersburg Medals of Honor: Thrilling Episodes Around Petersburg

March 28, 2016 Deeds of Valor, Volume 1

THRILLING EPISODES AROUND PETERSBURG1 ——- General Grant’s eagerness to destroy or capture Lee’s army rather than his desire to take Petersburg led to the battle of Five Forks, Va., on April 1, 1865. Lee was striving to join Johnston and free himself from the net into which he and his army had been so skillfully […]

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NP: September 30, 1964 Petersburg Progress-Index: Siege Centennial, Part 30: Inching Toward Victory

March 25, 2016 Postwar Newspapers

Inching Toward Victory (The following article is the thirtieth in a series of articles published in observance of the centennial of the 1864-65 campaign for Petersburg. This time of the year, a century ago, was not a season for great pitched battles but rather of businesslike Union extensions on the left which ultimately would bring […]

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NP: July 20, 1909 Santa Cruz (CA) Evening News: Larkin vs. Miles at 2nd Ream’s Station

March 23, 2016 Postwar Newspapers

SOPO Editor’s Note: This article was transcribed by Jackie Martin. SANTA CRUZ EVENING NEWS, TUESDAY, JULY 20, 1909. UTICA, July 20.—Challenging General Nelson A. Miles to meet him before any body of men appointed by the Loyal Legion or by the Grand Army of the Republic, and claiming that he will prove the old General’s […]

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