Siege of Petersburg Online Posts: Week of 7/3/2011

by Brett Schulte on July 12, 2011 · 0 comments

Many of you have probably noted my extended absence from meaningful posts here at TOCWOC.  While I haven’t been doing as many book reviews as I’d like due to an extra busy schedule at work, I have been busy with The Siege of Petersburg Online: Beyond the Crater.  I thought it might be interesting to some of TOCWOC’s readers to get a quick synopsis each week of what has been posted lately at that site.  These posts will simply contain links to each post for the past week at Beyond the Crater, with special comment from me only if what I’ve posted is something brand new, especially interesting even for those who might not necessarily care about the Siege of Petersburg, or is notable in some other way.

Most of my focus right now, to set the stage for those wholly unfamiliar with my Siege of Petersburg web page, is on the following:

  1. Reports of Union and Confederate commanders on operations during the Siege of Petersburg from August 1-December 31, 1864, all coming from Volume XLII, Part 1 (Serial Number 87)Volume XL, Part 1 (Serial Number 80) is complete at this time and  hope to begin work on Volume XLVI, Part 1 (Serial Number 95) on October 1, 2011.  This volume encompasses Petersburg from January 1-April 3, 1865 and the Appomattox Campaign.
  2. A weekly post on the diary entries of Octave Bruso.  Bruso was a member of the 50th New York Engineers and was present throughout the Siege of Petersburg.
  3. Maps from the Atlas to Accompany the Official Records.  I have identified Siege of Petersburg, Bermuda Hundred Campaign, and Appomattox Campaign maps from the 100+ plates in the OR Atlas and I’m slowly posting these to the site.
  4. Reading and taking notes from regimental histories of units which participated in the Siege of Petersburg.  Although you won’t find any of these posted below (I was on vacation with no internet access), you will see these begin to appear more frequently in the BTC Notes area of the site.

Number 299. Petersburg Campaign Report of Captain John W. Falconer, Forty-first U. S. Colored Troops, of operations October 27-28 July 9, 2011

Appomattox Court-House, VA 1867 (OR Atlas 78:2) July 8, 2011

Number 298. Petersburg Campaign Report of Captain Hugh S. Thompson, Ninth U. S. Colored Troops, of operations October 27-28 July 8, 2011

Sketch of Routes from Petersburg, Chester Station and Manchester to Amelia Court-House, VA (OR Atlas 78:1) July 7, 2011

Number 297. Petersburg Campaign Report of Captain Edwin S. Babcock, Ninth U. S. Colored Troops, of operations September 29-30 July 7, 2011

Jetersville and Sailor’s Creek, VA 1867 (OR Atlas 77:4) July 6, 2011

Number 296. Petersburg Campaign Report of Lieutenant Colonel Llewellyn F. Haskell, Seventh U. S. Colored Troops, of operations October 27-28 July 6, 2011

Bermuda Hundred, VA 1867 (OR Atlas 77:3) July 5, 2011

Number 295. Petersburg Campaign Report of Colonel James Shaw, jr., Seventh U. S. Colored Troops, of operations September 28-30 July 5, 2011

Number 294. Petersburg Campaign Report of Colonel James Shaw, jr., Seventh U. S. Colored Troops, commanding First Brigade, Third Division, of operations October 27-28 July 4, 2011

Octave Bruso Diary: Week of July 3, 1864 July 3, 2011

Number 293. Petersburg Campaign Report of Captain Samuel M. Zent, Thirteenth Indiana Infantry, of operations August 14-16 July 3, 2011

If you have any questions or comments about the site, please feel free to leave a comment here or Contact me at Beyond the Crater.  And don’t worry, I’ve been cranking up my reading of non-Petersburg material as well, and I hope to do 1-2 book reviews a month there.


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