February 28, 1865
Orders are given for Major General Phil Sheridan’s cavalry expedition from the Shenandoah Valley to set off at 6 am on March 1.
Jefferson Davis encourages General Robert E. Lee to meet with Ulysses S. Grant if what General Order has told General Longstreet is true (it isn’t).
General Robert E. Lee gives President Jefferson Davis a report which shows over 1,000 deserters from his army from February 15-25, 1865, an alarming and growing number.
Major General Bryan Grimes is permanently assigned to the command of Rodes’ old Division, Second Corps, Army of Northern Virginia.
Owners of tobacco, cotton, and other property are given notice publicly that they must remove their property or risk having it destroyed to prevent its falling into Union hands when Richmond is evacuated.
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:
- ITINERARY: 48th North Carolina
- OR XLVI P1 #2: Abstract from Tri-Monthly Returns, showing PFDE, US Army, Jan 31, Feb 28, Mar 20, Mar 31, and Apr 10, 1865
- 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
I’m Professor Emili Valdero from the University of Barcelona, and I would like to know what is the source of your 28th of February blog entry “General Robert E. Lee gives President Jefferson Davis a report which shows over 1,000 deserters from his army from February 15-25, 1865, an alarming and growing number”.
Professor Valdero, the February 28 item is in OR XLVI, Part 3, page 1265.