February 24, 1865
Grant orders General John Parke, in temporary command of the Army of the Potomac, and Major General Edward O. C. Ord, in command of the Army of the James, to announce the capture of Wilmington, North Carolina on February 22 and fire a salute in honor of the capture at 4 pm.
Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant asks Army of the James commander Major General Edward O. C. Ord to look over the Confederate defenses along the Howlett Line on Bermuda Hundred to see if it might be possible to mass Ord’s reserves and score a breakthrough in the center.
Confederate Secretary of War John C. Breckinridge asks Robert E. Lee if preparations should be made for the evacuation of Richmond.
Robert E. Lee goes over the growing problem of desertion in the Army of Northern Virginia with Secretary of War Breckinridge, particularly in his North Carolina regiments hailing from the western, mountainous portion of the state.
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Mentions of This Date at The Siege of Petersburg Online:
- LT: February 24, 1865 Robert E. Lee
- 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 #180: Returns for the Army of Northern Virginia, Jan 10, 26-31, 31, Feb 10, 20, Feb 24-Mar 1, 1865
- OR XLVI P1 #6: Report of Surg. Thomas A. McParlin, Medical Director, Army of the Potomac, Jan 1-Jun 30, 1865