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Today in the Petersburg Campaign: May 6, 1864

May 6, 1864

Encounter on the James River, near City Point, with the Union ironclad gunboat, the Commodore Jones, destroyed by a Confederate electronic torpedo, while Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler’s overwhelming Union army fails to take the city of Petersburg, VA, which is lightly defended by Maj. Gen. George Pickett, CSA.

The Engagement at Port Walthall Junction and Chester Station, VA, with Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler, USA, and the Army of the James.

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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