June 5, 1864
The skirmish and engagement near Piedmont, VA, about 7 miles southwest of Port Republic, results in a Confederate defeat for the Confederate Dept. of Southwest Virginia, under Brig. Gen. W.E. Jones, CSA, by Maj. Gen. David Hunter, USA. An important loss for the Confederates, as the Federals begin taking control of the all important Shenandoah Valley, VA, the breadbasket of the Confederacy.
Brig. Gen. William Edmondson “Grumble” Jones, CSA, is mortally wounded at the skirmish near Piedmont, VA, instantly killed while directing his men on the front lines.
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Mentions of This Date at The Siege of Petersburg Online:
- OR XL P1 #129: Report of Colonel Samuel A. Graham, Purnell MD Legion, commanding 2/2/V/AotP, June 5-August 20, 1864
- OR XL P1 #137: Report of Lieutenant Colonel Charles E. La Motte, 4th DE, June 1-30, 1864
- MHSM Papers V5: Operations of the Army of the Potomac, June 5-15, 1864 by Colonel Theodore Lyman
- NP: June 20, 1864 Raleigh Confederate: Fort Clifton, June 5 and 9
- LT: June 6, 1864 Elias S. Peck
- DI: June 1864 John D. Vautier (88th PA) Diary Entries