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At Ream's Station in Virginia, Confederate units make a powerful effort to regain the control of the vital Weldon Railroad

Battle of Ream's Station, Virginia, August 25, 1864, artist's impression, detail
In an effort to regain control of the Weldon Railroad, a Confederate froce under General A.P. Hill struck against the Union Second Corps under General Winfield Hancock, then holding the vital link between Richmond and Petersburg. After very heavy fighting, Hancock's troops were broken but despite the Confederate victory, large stretches of the railroad remained under Union control, a fact that would help eventually to bring about the fall of Richmond.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
John Horn, The Petersburg Campaign: June 1864-April 1865 (Petersburg, BA: De Capo Press, 2000), 142-151.