Marching On Richmond: Winter 1864-65

After the action at Virginia Farm both sides moved into winter quarters, setting up cantonments in Virginia. As Spring 1865 approached and we prepared for the new campaigning season my Division received new reinforcements, and smattering of new recruits. Meanwhile the 2nd New Hampshire, 4th “Magnificent” Maine, and 54th “Unstoppable” Massachusetts (Coloured) were all disbanded due to low numbers and the survivors used to reinforce other regiments – my force therefore was thus:

The Lynchburg Artillery gets overrun by the 5th Wisconsin Infantry

The Lynchburg Artillery gets overrun by the 5th Wisconsin Infantry at Virginia Farm

  • 5th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment (Strength 5; Veteran; Old Reliable’s; Repeaters; Sharpshooters)
  • 6th New Jersey (Strength 7; Veteran)
  • 29th Connecticut (Coloured) Infantry Regiment (Strength 4; Veteran)
  • 88th New York Infantry Regiment (Strength 8; Veteran)
  • 17th U.S. Infantry Regiment (Strength 6)
  • 1st Minnesota Infantry (Strength 2)
  • 1st Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry (Strength 10)
  • 3rd Pennsylvania Cavalry Regiment (Strength 3)
  • Battery L, 1st Ohio Light Artillery (2 x Rifles)
  • Battery A, Maryland Light Artillery (2 x Napoleons; 1 x Howitzer)
  • Victory Points Accumulated: 33

General Longman’s Confederate force was now as follows, having received further recruits and one new regiment, while also having disbanded the severely depleted Louisiana Infantry & 2nd Virginia Cavalry to provide further replacements for his remaining regiments:

  • 1st Texas Infantry (Strength 4; Veteran)
  • 11th “RWTP” Virginia Volunteers (Strength 8; Veteran; Old Reliable’s; Hero)
  • 10th Alabama Volunteer Infantry (Strength 4; Veteran; Sharpshooters)
  • 14th North Carolina Volunteer Infantry (Strength 5; Veteran)
  • 9th South Carolina Infantry (Strength 4; Veteran; Sharpshooters)
  • 24th Georgia Infantry Regiment (Strength 6; Sharpshooters)
  • 1st Kentucky Volunteer Infantry (Strength 6)
  • 4th Virginia “Deadly On 2 Legs” Cavalry (Strength 4; Veteran)
  • Lynchburg” Artillery Battery (1 x Rifle, 2 x 12pdr Napoleons)
  • Victory Points Accumulated: 49
Confederate Entrenchments at Virginia Farm 1864

Confederate Entrenchments at Virginia Farm 1864

With spring upon us both sides converged on the heart of Virginia, knowing this year, 1865, would decide the war…

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