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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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We Were Fortunate to Get Back at All

We Were Fortunate to Get Back at All

From White House Landing to First Reams’ Station

(p.257) Seven We Were Fortunate to Get Back at All
Campaign of Giants--The Battle for Petersburg

A. Wilson Greene

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter deals with cavalry operations in June 1864, particularly the Union’s Wilson-Kautz Raid, June 22-30. Planned in conjunction with infantry advances as a part of Grant’s Second Petersburg Offensive, this mounted initiative targeted three of the railroads that led into Richmond and Petersburg. Destroying those transportation links would cripple Robert E. Lee’s logistics and perhaps compel the Confederates to leave the safety of their fortifications. Meanwhile, the rest of the Union cavalry under the direct command of Philip Sheridan, moved to join the army around Petersburg. Sheridan bore responsibility for escorting a huge wagon train full of supplies across the James River from the former Union base at White House Landing on the Pamunkey River. This endeavor led to a spirited cavalry fight at Samaria Church on June 24. In an unrelated action, the Confederates made a disjointed and decidedly unsuccessful attack along City Point Road on June 24 in an attempt to restore their original lines.

Keywords:   Wilson-Kautz Raid, Battle of Samaria Church, Reams’ Station, Battle of Staunton River Bridge, James H. Wilson, August V. Kautz, Wade Hampton, W.H.F. “Rooney” Lee, White House Landing, Philip H. Sheridan

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