Today in the Petersburg Campaign: October 19, 1864

   

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October 19, 1864

The Battle of Cedar Creek, (or Bell Grove), VA, where Lieut. Gen. Jubal Early and his subordinates, Maj. Gens. John Brown Gordon and Joseph Brevard Kershaw, CSA, attack and overwhelm the Union forces  and where Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan, USA, regroups the disorganized, beaten back and retreating Union army of the 6th, 8th, and 19th US Army Corps, and repels the Confederate onslaught and effectively terminates the last major Confederate threat in the Shenandoah Valley, VA.  Total casualties approximate 8,575.  The Confederates will continue to annoy the Federals but will never be able to effectively stage another major offensive in the Shenandoah Valley.

Maj. Gen. Stephen Dodson Ramseur, CSA, is mortally wounded at the Battle of Cedar Creek, VA, shot through both of his lungs, he was captured and died the next morning.

Brig. Gen. Daniel Davidson Bidwell, USA, is mortally wounded at the Battle of Cedar Creek, VA, while leading his men against the Confederates.

Brig. Gen. Charles Russell Lowell, USA, is mortally wounded at the Battle of Cedar Creek, VA, while at the head of his brigade, receiving his death wound during the Union counter attack against Lieut. Gen. Jubal Anderson Early’s army, CSA.

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 Ronald A. Mosocco

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