January 1, 1865
The Richmond, Virginia, Campaign continues, as the last large Confederate army remains on the siege lines at Petersburg, VA. 1/1-4/3/1865.
Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler, USA, abandons his latest project to blow a hole at Dutch Gap, on the James River, VA, after the large explosion of gunpowder fails.
Brigadier General Joseph R. Hawley temporarily assumes command of First Division, Twenty-Fourth Corps, Army of the James, as Brigadier General Robert S. Foster takes a leave of absence.
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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Mentions of This Date at The Siege of Petersburg Online:
- 150 Years Ago Today: Blowing Up of the Bulkheads of Dutch Gap Canal: January 1, 1865
- Petersburg Medals of Honor: Risked Being Blown to Atoms at Dutch Gap Canal
- ITINERARY: 48th North Carolina
- LT: January 15, 1865 Delevan Bates (30th United States Colored Troops)
- NP: January 21, 1865 Harper’s Weekly: Dutch Gap Canal
- OR XLVI P1 #4: Itineraries of the Army of the Potomac, Sheridan’s Cavalry Command, and the Army of the James, January-April 1865
- OR XLVI P1 #177: Reports of Lieutenant William R. King, Corps of Engineers, Acting Chief Engineer, Army of the James, January 1-31, 1865
- OR XLVI P1 #3: General Summary of Casualties in the Union Forces, January 1-April 9, 1865
- TOM: Dutch Gap Canal