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150 Years Ago Today at Petersburg: August 21, 1864

August 21, 1864

Brig. Gen. John Caldwell Calhoun Sanders, CSA, is mortally wounded during the siege of Petersburg, VA, on the Weldon Railroad, bleeding to death after having both of his femoral arteries in his thighs severed by a Federal Minie ball, unable to stem the massive flow of his life blood from his body.

In an important move, Gen. Robert E. Lee, CSA, concedes the Weldon Railroad, a vital railroad link of Richmond and Petersburg, after Lieut. Gen. A. P. Hill’s latest attack on the Federal lines fails to force the Yankees to retreat.

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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