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Today in the Petersburg Campaign: November 27, 1864

November 27, 1864

The explosion of the Federal vessel, Greyhound, Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler’s, USA, floating headquarters, on the James River, VA, possibly by Confederate agents.

Skirmishes at:
a) Moorefield (27th and 28th), where Brig. Gen. Thomas Rosser, CSA, surrounds and captures a small party of Union soldiers
b) affair at New Creek (28th), where Rosser surprises and captures Fort Kelley, along with 200 wagons, a large amount of quartermaster, ordnance and commisary stores and
c) skirmish (28th) at Piedmont, WV.  Maj. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan, USA, is upset and calls the capture of fort Kelley a Federal disgrace.  Sheridan’s nature is not of one to accept such actions.

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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