Sunday, September 28

This week in the Civil War: Sept. 28, 1864

Quiet prevails at Petersburg, Virginia

The Associated Press reported on Sept. 28, 1864, 150 years ago during the Civil War, that relative calm prevailed for a few days amid a longstanding Union siege at Petersburg, Virginia, not far from the Confederate capital of Richmond. “Quiet still prevails in front of Petersburg, broken only by the usual picket firing and occasional artillery duels, the effect of which is to consume a large quantity of powder.” The AP dispatch added that heavy firing could still be heard in bursts from the area around the James River and there were reports of large groups of Confederate cavalry on the move, their war aims unclear. The Union besieged Petersburg as crucial Confederate supply point 25 miles to the south of Richmond. The siege would drag on nearly until the end of the war before Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant would cut through and hasten the end of the war in 1865.

1 comment:

  1. If you and Momma ever get to Baltimore, MD you must stop at the B&O Railroad Museum. They have a entire exhibit called The War Came by Rail that focuses on the Civil War and how much damage Stonewall Jackson did to the railroad. It was really cool!

    [The education center also had a neat display on the women who worked the railroad during WWII that was very interesting.]