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150 Years Ago Today at Petersburg: March 17, 1865

March 17, 1865

Philip H. Sheridan’s two Union cavalry divisions spend the night at King William Court House, just 10 miles from the 100,000 rations Ulysses S. Grant has waiting for them at White House, Virginia.

Col. Robert M. West’s Cavalry Division, Army of the James, continues to patrol north between the Army of the James’ right and the Chickahominy River, attempting to keep the Confederate cavalry occupied and away from Sheridan’s arriving cavalry.

Brigadier General William Nelson Pendleton proposes a complicated plan to General Robert E. Lee to reequip the best battalions of the Second Corps at the expense of others.  General Lee declines the proposal due to its need to harm others to make the Second Corps artillery whole.

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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