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Today in the Petersburg Campaign: March 2, 1865

March 2, 1865

The Federal occupation of Staunton, VA, by Maj. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan, USA.

Affair at Swoope’s Depot, VA, with Maj. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan, USA.

The Engagement at Waynesborough, VA, where Brig. Gen. George Armstrong Custer, USA, completely routs the Confederates under Lieut. Gen. Jubal A. Early, CSA, capturing over 1,000 and over 200 wagons of supplies.  The Confederates easily gave way which indicates the current morale of the Southern man fighting in the Shenandoah Valley, as compared to the “invincibility” felt by the Rebel “foot cavalry” under Lieut. Gen. Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson, in earlier days of glory, which now seemed so far away.  The Confederate remnants under Lieut. Gen. Jubal Early march toward Richmond, VA.  This engagement is effectively the last in the Shenandoah Valley, VA.

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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