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Volume XLII (August 1-December 31, 1864)

Volume XLII of the Official Records covers the Petersburg Campaign from August 1 to December 31, 1864, from Grant’s attempts to get astride and hold the Weldon Railroad in August to the assaults on Fort Harrison in September and the Battle of the Boydton Plank Road in October. This period is generally the least studied and least written about of the entire Petersburg Campaign. It is my sincere hope that we will see more monographs on aspects of this time period in the near future. This volume is broken up into three parts. Part 1, listed below, contains reports of the leaders of various units from armies down to regiments and batteries on both sides. Volumes 2 and 3 consist of correspondence such as letters and telegrams, organized by date and time sent. If you want to learn more about the Petersburg Campaign via official reports and dispatches, this page and its sub-pages are a great place to start.

August 1-December 31, 1864.

The following offensives and battles occurred during this time:

Grant’s Fourth Offensive

  • The Second Battle of Deep Bottom: August 14-20, 1864
  • The Battle of Globe Tavern: August 18-21, 1864
  • The Second Battle of Reams Station: August 25, 1864

The Beefsteak Raid

Grant’s Fifth Offensive

  • The Battle of New Market Heights: September 29, 1864
  • The Battle of Fort Harrison: September 29-30, 1864
  • The Battle of Peebles Farm: September 30 – October 2, 1864
  • The Battle of Darbytown Road and New Market Roads: October 7, 1864

Grant’s Sixth Offensive

  • The Battle of Boydton Plank Road (First Hatcher’s Run): October 27, 1864
  • The Second Battle of Fair Oaks: October 27-28, 1864

Stony Creek Raid

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