Thursday, October 9, 2014

June 9, 1864

June 9, 1864


---A force of Federals under Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler try a half-hearted attack on Petersburg, Virginia, in an attempt to undermine Lee’s position around Richmond.  His 4,500 men are beaten off by Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard’s 2,500 men.  Butler decides not to try again.


---Gen. Sherman issues orders to his three columns---McPherson, Thomas, and Schofield---to take three parallel routes south with the aim of converging upon Marietta, where Joseph Johnston and Army of Tennessee await them.


---A Union force strikes back at Mount Sterling, Kentucky, and drives Morgan and his raiders out in a rout.

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