18 August 2015

On This Day: Union attacks Weldon Railroad

Union General Ulysses S Grant led an attack on the Weldon Railroad at Globe Tavern in Virginia. His goal was to crush the Weldon and Petersburg Railroad which ran to Weldon, NC. The Union was successful in capturing a section of the railroad On This Day in 1864. However, the battle lasted five days.  

Many units were naturally involved in that particular battle, including the 90th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Infantry. My 4th great uncle Benjamin Franklin Van Horn was among those serving with that unit. Sadly, he was captured by the Confederates and taken prisoner on the 20th. He served out the remainder of the Civil War at Belle Island in Richmond. 
 
 

Source:
Union attacks railroad at Globe Tavern. History.com, 18 August 1864.   

 

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© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015
Locations listed are located in Pennsylvania (USA), unless otherwise noted in post.