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September 1864

'The Siege Continues in Virginia'



In the wake of the evacuation of Atlanta, Georgia, Union and Confederate troops continue to confront each other outside Petersburg and Richmond in Virginia.  Ulysses Grant has made his effort to crack the Southern lines in the Battle of the Crater, but failed.  Settling into siege operations and on-going efforts to threaten Robert E. Lee’s supply lines, he maintains pressure on his adversary, while looking for such opportunities as might come his way.  In the meantime, the men on both sides endure stretches of shelling that rattle nerves and annoy as much as endanger those subjected to them.  By the end of the month, Union forces under Benjamin Butler strike at New Market Heights and Fort Harrison, near Chaffin’s Farm, outside Richmond.  An assault carries the important fortification, prompting General Lee to order counterattacks that cannot retrieve the lost position.  Despite this Union success, adjustments to the lines ensure that September will end with an impasse remaining in Virginia.


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September 25 , 2014
The Demonization of Sherman: Myths and Controversies
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