25 March 2013

Civil War: 25 March 1865



Fort Stedman, Virginia - a Union fort - got attacked today in 1865. In a last ditch effort of the war, Confederate General Robert E Lee attacked Fort Stedman today. The attack was led by Lt. General John B. Gordon. During the early morning hours Gordon led the Confederate troops quietly advancing on the Fort. They captured it just before dawn. However the Union forces drove back the rebels and secured Fort Stedman for the Union. Just two weeks later, Lee surrendered thus ending the Civil War.

The photo above is from the 100th Regiment, Pennsylvania, Veteran Voluntary Infantry who were there. The 100th was called "The Roundheads." Two men from the 100th were awarded the Medal of Honor for their actions at Fort Stedman that day: Charles Oliver and Joseph B Chambers.

 Oliver, a sergeant with Co. M, is cited with capturing the flag of the 31st Georgia Infantry (C.S.A.). His MOH was awarded on 3 July 1865. He passed in 1920. Originally from Alleghany County, he is buried (see photo at right) at the Richland Cemetery in Dravosburg, PA. Chambers, a private with Co. F, is cited with capturing the colors of the 1st Virginia Infantry (C.S.A.). His MOH was awarded on 27 July 1871. He is buried at Oak Park Cemetery in Lawrence County, PA.

Photo Credits:
100th Regiment, Pennsylvania, Veteran Voluntary Infantry
 http://www.100thpenn.com/fortstedman.htm

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