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150 Years Ago Today at Petersburg: February 11, 1865

February 11, 1865

Federal expedition from Bermuda Hundred to Fearnsville and to Smithfield, VA, finds no Confederate resistance of any kind in this area. 2/11-15/1865.

Affair at Williamsburg, VA, as the Rebel Cavalry forces, dressed in Union garb, attack the Union picket-post and charge upon the reserves, inflicting casualties, receiving some in return.

In General Orders No. 2, Robert E. Lee offers a general amnesty to all deserters from the Army of Northern Virginia if they will only return to their commands and bolster his failing strength as desertions begin to take a toll.

Union Sixth Corps commander Major General Horatio G. Wright returns from a leave of absence occasioned by an injury earlier in 1865.

At the very last moment, the 6th Wisconsin and 7th Wisconsin are kept at the siege while the rest of Bragg’s First Brigade, Third Division, Fifth Corps, Army of the Potomac leave for Baltimore.

Confederate Secretary of State Judah P. Benjamin writes to General Robert E. Lee on the subject of arming slaves, sharing that in order to “disarm opposition …and to produce prompt action,” he proposed at a public meeting to only arm those slaves willing to fight for their freedom.

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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