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Today in the Petersburg Campaign: August 7, 1864

August 7, 1864

The (FINAL) Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, Campaign, as Maj. Gen. Philip Henry Sheridan, USA, moves against the Confederates under Lieut. Gen. Jubal Anderson Early, CSA, and his cavalry commander, Maj. Gen. Lunsford Lindsay Lomax, CSA.
8/7-11/28 1864.

The Middle Military Division (Middle Dept. and the Dept. of Washington, of the Susquehanna, and of West Virginia) is constituted, (to be known as the Army of the Shenandoah) and Maj. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan, USA, is assigned to its temporary command, VA, as Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, USA, orders Maj. Gen. Sheridan to clear the Shenandoah Valley of Rebels once and for all.Engagement at Oldfields, near Moorefield, WV, as Brig. Gen. William W. Averell’s, USA, cavalry overwhelms Lieut. Gen. Jubal A. Early’s, CSA, cavalry under Brig. Gen. John McCausland.

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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