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Campaign of Giants--The Battle for PetersburgVolume 1: From the Crossing of the James to the Crater$
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A. Wilson Greene

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469638577

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469638577.001.0001

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My Best Achievement

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June 15, 1864

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Campaign of Giants--The Battle for Petersburg

A. Wilson Greene

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter provides a detailed account of military events on June 15, 1864 east of Petersburg. Elements of the Army of the James skirmished with Confederate forces in the morning at Baylor’s Farm, slowly approaching Petersburg’s main defenses. The ranking Union officer, General William F. Smith, conducted a deliberate reconnaissance before launching his attack at about 7:00 p.m. Major assaults, including attacks by United States Colored Troops, succeeded in capturing several miles of the Southern works before nightfall. Confusion and a tardy start toward Petersburg delayed the arrival of the Army of the Potomac’s Second Corps. Its commander, General Winfield S. Hancock, and General Smith opted not to press their advantage that night, providing the Confederates a reprieve that might have saved Petersburg from capture.

Keywords:   June 15, 1864, William F. Smith, Edward Hinks, United States Colored Troops, Battle of Baylor’s Farm, P.G.T. Beauregard, August V. Kautz, Dimmock Line, Winfield S. Hancock, Henry A. Wise

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