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In Virginia, Union attacks at Chaffin's Farm tighten the ring around Petersburg

Battle of Chaffin's Farm and Newmarket Heights, September 29, 1864, artist's impression, zoomable image
09/29/1864 to 09/30/1864
Tightening pressure on Petersburg, Grant's Union forces launched a dual attack on Confederate strong-points anchoring defense of the town and its communications.  Around Chaffin's Farm, attacks under Generals Ord and Birney took the New Market Heights and Fort Harrison in very heavy fighting and Confederate counter-attacks the following day were beaten away. Each side lost around five hundred men killed in the action. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Chronicles of the Great Rebellion Against the United States of America ... (Philadelphia, A. Winch, 1867), 84.
Charles P. Roland, An American Iliad: The Story of the Civil War (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2002), 179.
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