Timeline Project entries from 21 July, 2010 to 28 July, 2010

1864-07-30The Crater

This may have been Grant's best chance to end the Siege of Petersburg. Instead, after the disastrous assault, the soldiers settled in for another eight months of trench warfare. Burnside was relieved of command for his role in the debacle.

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One of the northernmost military actions involving the Confederate States Army. The decisive Union victory shattered John Hunt Morgan's remaining Confederate cavalry and led to his capture later that day.

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1864-07-271864-07-29First Deep Bottom

A Union force under Hancock and Sheridan was sent on an expedition threatening Richmond, Virginia, and its railroads, intending to attract Confederate troops away from the Petersburg defensive line, in anticipation of the upcoming Battle of the Crater.

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1861-07-26McClellan Commands

After the disartrous Union defeat at First Manassas, General George B McClellan is appointed commander of the Military Division of the Potomac, the main Union force responsible for the defense of Washington.

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