February 18, 1865
Federal expedition from Camp Averell (near Winchester) into Loudoun County, VA, and skirmish (Feb. 19th) at Ashby’s Gap, as the Federals take 2 deserters from Liuet. Col. John S. Mosby’s, CSA, command along to point out the houses that belonged to Mosby’s men. The Yankees find themselves attacked by a superior Cavalry force, with the majority of the expeditionary force killed, captured or wounded (78 men). 2-18/19/1865.
Federal scout in Prince William County, VA, with the destruction of Rebel property. 2/18-19/1865.
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Mentions of This Date at The Siege of Petersburg Online:
- 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 #176: Reports of Bvt. Major Peter S. Michie, Chief Engineer, Army of the James, Feb 4-Mar 18, 1865
- 150 Years Ago Today at Petersburg: February 18, 1865
- ITINERARY: 48th North Carolina