The Rebels Attack at Dawn!


October 1, 1864 (Sunday) There had been gains the previous day. The Confederates under Henry Heth had thrown back the attacking Federals, and though works were lost, their progress was cut and on the morning of this date, Heth only wished to do more. Through the gray and muddy predawn hours, Heth formed his menRead More

Grant Tries the Other Flank


September 30, 1864 (Saturday) Following the previous day’s loss of Fort Harrison between Richmond and Petersburg, General Lee was quickly pulling entire brigades from the southerly Petersburg lines to retake the works. Their removal began the evening past, and with their egress came the discovery by Federal cavalry. General Meade correctly deduced that the troopsRead More

Grant Surprises Lee North of the James


September 29, 1864 (Friday) “I hope it will lay no constraint on you,” wrote President Lincoln to General Grant on the morning of this date, “no do harm anyway, for me to say I am a little afraid lest Lee sends re-enforcements to Early, and thus enables him to turn upon Sheridan.” Philip Sheridan hadRead More

Davis and Some Political Shuffling for the Battlefield

And John Bell Hood for the win!

September 28, 1864 (Thursday) For Jefferson Davis, this was an important decision. John Bell Hood had done little more than retreat into and then out of Atlanta. But, he followed Joe Johnston who retreated all the way from Tennessee. Many of the officers and troops who were along for both retreats wished for Hood toRead More

‘He Contested Every Inch of Ground ‘ – Forrest Returns to Tennessee


September 27, 1864 (Tuesday) Following his raid into Memphis, Tennessee, Nathan Bedford Forrest did not simply fade into the grays of Tennessee. For a time in late August, he was ushered to Mobile when it was feared that the city might fall, but when the crisis drew to a timely close, he returned to northernRead More

Davis Arrives to Set Hood Straight


September 26, 1864 (Monday) Things were not going well for John Bell Hood. After taking the reigns of the Confederate Army of Tennessee from Joe Johnston after being sacked by Jefferson Davis, he continually dropped back, retreating through northern Georgia to Atlanta. Not too long after, Hood abandoned Atlanta and retired even farther south. ThisRead More

Lee Has High Hopes for Early’s Campaign

Jubal Early

September 25, 1864 (Sunday) “If you feel strong enough,” wrote General Lee to Jubal Early, “better move at once after the enemy and attack him, and if possible destroy him.” This was, of course, a brilliant idea. If Early would destroy Philip Sheridan’s army, the Valley of the Shenandoah would once more be in ConfederateRead More