December 21, 1864
Brevet Brigadier General James Gwyn temporarily assumes command of Second Division, Fifth Corps, Army of the Potomac.
The first handful of troops from the Army of West Virginia, formerly with Sheridan in the Shenandoah Valley, arrive at the Siege of Petersburg. These men will form the Independent Division, Twenty-Fourth Corps, Army of the James.
Hoke’s Division, Fourth Corps, Army of Northern Virginia, continues to leave the Siege of Petersburg, to help combat the Union attempts to capture Fort Fisher near Wilmington, North Carolina.
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.
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