This weekly series looks at the posts which have appeared over the last 7 days at The Siege of Petersburg Online: Beyond the Crater. It’s a way to show TOCWOC readers what I’ve been doing over at my other Civil War site.
The regiments of the First Brigade, Second Division, Union Second Corps, Army of the Potomac are beginning to have permanent homes at the Siege of Petersburg Online. These pages serve as a way to show commanders, strengths, weapons, how the unit fits into the Orders of Battle (OOBs) of all nine of Grant’s Offensives against Petersburg, as well as linking to any other page on the site in which the unit plays a prominent part. Examples include diary and letter entries written by men from a certain unit, regimental histories of the unit, reports from the Official Records where the unit is mentioned, original articles on the unit, and so on. All but one regiment of the First Brigade is now online for the first two of Grant’s Offensives against Petersburg, and the last will appear later this afternoon.
I also launched a new store at Beyond the Crater as a way to pass on Union Ordnance Returns and Confederate Inspection Reports to those interested at low cost while simultaneously making a little bit of money for use in purchasing more rolls from the National Archives. Any purchases there will serve to further The Siege of Petersburg Online and I appreciate the help I’ve received so far.
Neal Griffin, who runs an excellent and detailed web site on the 9th Georgia, was kind enough to let me post in its entirety a letter his Great Great Grandfather wrote to the Atlanta Constitution in 1880. Griffin’s ancestor personally captured Union Colonel Francis A. Walker of the II Corps at the Second Battle of Reams’ Station on August 25, 1864, and the letter to the newspaper describes this capture.
All other posts belong to the regular categories of Official Records reports and Octave Bruso’s diary entries for the week. Entries may be light for awhile since I am doing background work and research prior to publishing permanent homes for the regiments in Major General John Gibbon’s Second Division, Second Corps, Army of the Potomac. In addition to these pages, the regiments will also be inserted into their proper places in the orders of battle for the First and Second offensives. Look for these to begin appearing soon.
- 184th Pennsylvania Infantry
- Number 360. Return of casualties in Field’s division October 27, 1864
- 82nd New York Infantry
- 82nd NY: The Civil War Letters of Patrick Farrington
- 82nd NY: A Casualty at Gettysburg and Andersonville
- Number 359. Partial return of casualties in the First Army Corps from August 1 to December 31, 1864
- The Capture of Colonel (General) Francis A. Walker at Second Reams’ Station: August 25, 1864
- 59th New York Infantry
- Number 358. Siege of Petersburg Diary of the First Corps, Army of Northern Virginia, of operations August 1-October 18 including operations in the Shenandoah Valley, August and September
- 42nd New York Infantry
- 42nd NY: Under Two Flags: The Adventures of Philip Kreis: Story of the Tammany Regiment, of New York
- Number 357. Petersburg Campaign Report of Lieutenant General James Longstreet, C. S. Army, commanding First Army Corps, of operations October 19-27
- 1st Minnesota Infantry
- 1st MN: No More Gallant a Deed: A Civil War Memoir of the First Minnesota Volunteers
- 1st MN: The Last Full Measure: The Life and Death of the First Minnesota Volunteers
- 1st MN: The First Volunteers; History of the First Minnesota Volunteer Regiment, 1861-1865
- 1st MN: History of the First Regiment Minnesota Volunteer Infantry, 1861-1864
- 1st MN: Proceedings of the Thirty-fifth Annual Reunion of the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry, St. Paul, Minnesota, June 20-21, 1902
- Number 356. Petersburg Campaign Report of Major John W. Fairfax, Assistant Adjutant and Inspector General, C. S. Army, of operations September 30-October 1
- 7th Michigan Infantry
- 7th MI: The Allen Family Civil War Letters: A Transcription of Civil War Letters Written to Horace E. Allen of Oxford, Michigan from 1861-1864
- 7th MI: The Civil War Diaries of Charles E. Benson: Corporal, Company I, Seventh Regiment Michigan Infantry Volunteers
- 7th MI: Souvenir of the Seventh, Containing a Brief History of It. Prefaced with a View Front and Rear of the “Late Unpleasantness”
- Number 355. Petersburg Campaign Report of Major D. B. Bridgford, C. S. Army, commanding Provost Guard, Army of Northern Virginia, of operations September 29-October 1
- 20th Massachusetts Infantry
- Octave Bruso Diary: Week of September 4, 1864
- 20th MA: Harvard’s Civil War: The History of the Twentieth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry
- 20th MA: The Civil War: The Nantucket Experience, Including the Memoirs of Josiah Fitch Murphey
- 20th MA: Fallen Leaves: The Civil War Letters of Major Henry Livermore Abbott
- Number 354. Petersburg Campaign Report of Major James F. Milligan, Signal Officer, C. S. Army, of operations October 1-December 31
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