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150 Years Ago Today at Petersburg: January 31, 1865

January 31, 1865

Gen. Robert E. Lee, CSA, is appointed General-in-Chief of all the Confederate Armies; a promotion too late in coming to have any effect.

The three Confederate peace commissioners, Alexander H. Stephens, R. M. T. Hunter, and J. A. Campbell, arrive at Ulysses S. Grant’s headquarters at City Point, Virginia.

The Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery is passed by the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C, permanently abolishing slavery in the United States.

Artillery skirmish between Union Fort McGilvery and Battery T and the Confederate Battery at Goose Neck.

Artillery skirmish between Union Fort Stedman and Battery 10 and Confederate artillery in front of those positions.

Major General George G. Meade is ordered to return immediately to the Siege of Petersburg by Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant, as Grant has another offensive against Petersburg planned for the near future.

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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