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Today in the Petersburg Campaign: April 2, 1865

April 2, 1865

Charles Griffin, U.S.A., is appointed Maj. Gen.

Skirmish at Gravelly Ford, on Hatcher’s Run, VA, the Richmond, VA, Campaign.

The Federal assault upon and the capture of the fortified Confederate lines in front of Petersburg, VA, as Maj. Gen. Horatio Wright’s 6th US Army Corps breaks through.  The Confederate defenders at Fort Baldwin and Fort Greg buy Lee time to evacuate the rest of his army, as he moves toward and orders the troops at Richmond, VA, to concentrate at Amelia Court-House, 40 miles west, the Richmond, VA, Campaign.

Lieut. Gen. Ambrose Powell Hill, CSA, is mortally wounded by a Federal straggler, while attempting to reach his own lines, soon after Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s final Federal assault on the Confederate lines at Petersburg, VA.

A large portion of Richmond, VA, including factories, gunboats on the James River, are set afire as the Confederates evacuate their capital; Jefferson Davis leaves for Danville, VA, aboard a special train.

Action at Scott’s Cross-Roads, VA, the Richmond, VA, Campaign.

The engagement at Sutherland’s Station, on the South Side Railroad, the Richmond, VA, Campaign.

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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