510 wagons, 120 guns and mortars, and six days of work: Siege preperations at Petersburg

On July 16, 1864, Brigadier-General Henry Hunt offered a report to the Army of the Potomac’s headquarters in regard to siege preparations.  The report was somewhat inverse of what one might expect.  Rather than focused on what was being done, Hunt responded to an inquiry as to how quickly the siege preparations might be undoneContinue reading “510 wagons, 120 guns and mortars, and six days of work: Siege preperations at Petersburg”

Where in the world is the Siege Train on June 18, 1864? Not where Grant wanted it to be!

When formed, or more accurately, reformed,  in April 1864, the siege train for the Army of the Potomac was intended as a resource to call upon as the army neared Richmond. When the initial assaults on Petersburg failed to gain their objective, it was time to call upon the siege train.  So was that “train”Continue reading “Where in the world is the Siege Train on June 18, 1864? Not where Grant wanted it to be!”