October 17, 1864
Federal expedition from City Point into Surry County, VA, as the Federals traveled every main and by road between the Blackwater and James Rivers, below Bacon Castle and City Point, (now called Hopewell) visiting every residence, capturing all the citizens, negroes, and stock available. Even though there is corn in the fields and potatoes in the ground, this area is becoming barren of any livestock. 10/16-18/1864.
Lieut. Gen. James Longstreet, CSA, is ordered to resume command of his army corps, the Richmond, VA, Campaign, after recovering from battle wounds received at the Wilderness in May, 1864.
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Mentions of This Date at The Siege of Petersburg Online:
- LT: October 17, 1864 Theodore Lyman
- NP: October 19, 1864 Richmond Examiner: The War News, October 15-18
- NP: October 21, 1864 Philadelphia Inquirer: Army of the Potomac, October 17-19
- NP: October 27, 1864 Harrisburg Patriot and Union: Letter from a True Soldier
- NP: August 04, 1902 New Orleans Times-Picayune: Donaldsonville Cannoniers at the Siege of Petersburg, Part 8
- NP: March 4, 1925 Potsdam NY Courier and Freeman: Orlando P. Benson Diary, 92nd NY, Part 4
- OR XLII P1 #6: Itinerary of the Army of the Potomac and Army of the James, August 1-December 31, 1864
- OR XLII P1 #362: Reports of Major General Bushrod R. Johnson, commanding Johnson/DNCSV, Aug 2-Dec 31, 1864