Today in the Petersburg Campaign: July 30, 1864

July 30, 1864

William Mahone, C.S.A., is appointed Maj. Gen.

Victor Jean Baptiste Girardey, C.S.A., is appointed Brig. Gen.

David Addison Weisinger, C.S.A., is appointed Brig. Gen.

Skirmish at Monocacy Junction, MD.

The Confederate Burning of Chambersburg, PA, is ordered by Brig. Gen. John McCausland, CSA, Cavalry, after the town could not or would not raise the $500,000 (or $100,000 in gold) assessment for the destruction of property in the Shenandoah Valley by Maj. Gen. David Hunter, USA.

Skirmish at McConnellsburg, PA, with Early’s Cavalry and the Union cavalry under Brig. Gen. William W. Averell, USA.

Skirmish at Lee’s Mill, VA.

The Explosion of the mine and the Assault on the Crater, the Petersburg Line, VA, that results in a Union disaster due in part to Brig. Gen. James H. Ledlie’s failure to take command of the advancing troops, opting to remain in a bombproof.  The mine had taken a month to dig, which was almost 6 football fields in length and packed with explosives, killing almost 300 Confederates when it was detonated who are blown to bits.  Maj. Gen. William Mahone, CSA, responds and inflicts 4,000 Union casualties, while the Rebels sustain 1,500, the Richmond, VA, Campaign.

Skirmish near Shepherdstown, WV.

Note: All “Today In The Petersburg Campaign” blog entries are used with permission from Ronald A. Mosocco’s Chronological Tracking of the American Civil War per the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion. Order the book HERE.

Copyright © 1993, 1994 by Ronald A. Mosocco






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