Today in the Petersburg Campaign: September 19, 1864

September 19, 1864

Federal scout to Lee’s Mill and Proctor’s House, the Richmond, VA, Campaign.

The Battle of Winchester (or the Opequon), VA, as Maj. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan, USA, makes good on his plan to attack Lieut. Gen. Jubal Early, CSA, and his depleted force of 12,000, with fighting taking place along the Opequon River, Martinsburg Pike, Stevensburg Depot, Berryville Pike, etc.  Total casualties approximate 7,950.  Early is shaken.

Brig. Gen. Archibald Campbell Godwin, CSA, is mortally wounded at the Battle of Winchester, VA, instantly killed by a Federal artillery shell fragment.

Brig. Gen. Robert Emmett Rodes, CSA, is mortally wounded at the Battle of Winchester, VA, while leading his men in a counterattack against the Federal lines.

Brig. Gen. David Allen Russell, USA, is mortally wounded at the Battle of winchester, VA, instantly killed by a Confederate artillery shell fragment through his heart, while at the head of his command.

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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