Back to top

In Virginia, a week long Union cavalry raid on Confederate communications meets with mixed success

U.S. Cavalry returning from a raid on C.S.A. communications, June 29, 1864, artist's impression, zoomable image, detail
06/22/1864 to 07/01/1864
In Virginia, Union commander Ulysses Grant launched new raids to disrupt enemy communications.  One of these, a two brigade expedition aimed at railway lines, under Generals James H. Wilson and August Kautz, met with mixed results. They destroyed miles of track, but, encountering determined opposition, were forced to abandon their artillery and wagons and limp back to Union lines, losing perhaps a fifth of their strength. (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Chronicles of the Great Rebellion Against the United States of America ... (Philadelphia, A. Winch, 1867), 78. 
How to Cite This Page: "In Virginia, a week long Union cavalry raid on Confederate communications meets with mixed success," House Divided: The Civil War Research Engine at Dickinson College, http://hd.housedivided.dickinson.edu/node/43017.