September 29, 1864
The Battle of Chaffin’s Farm, as Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, USA, sends the 10th and 18th US Army Corps north of the James River to attack the outer defenses of Richmond directly, including combats at:
a) Fort Harrison (captured by Brig. Gen. George Stannard, USA)
b) Fort Gilmer (where the Confederates halt the Union advance)
c) New Market Heights
d) Laurel Hill
the Richmond, VA, Campaign. 9/29-30-1864.
The Confederate lines, already pressured, are further stretched to the breaking point.
Brig. Gen. Hiram Burnham, USA, is mortally wounded as he led his men against the Confederate outer defense works of Richmond, VA, at Fort Harrison.
The Battle of Poplar Spring Church, including combats at Wyatt’s, Peebles’, and Pegram’s Farms, Chappell House, and the Vaughan Road, Richmond, VA, Campaign as Lieut.. Gen. A. P. Hill, CSA, beats back the Union offensive. However, the Union lines are extended which further stretches the already thin Rebel lines.
Skirmish at Waynesborough, VA, as Lieut. Gen. Jubal A. Early, CSA, and Maj. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan, USA, continue to clash.
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