Anson Croman 150 Years Ago: August to December, 1864
December 30, 2014 § Leave a comment
150 years ago Anson Croman and the 20th Michigan Infantry Regiment continued to serve in the Siege of Petersburg Virginia, south of Richmond.
By August, 1864 they could only muster about 85 men for duty. When the 20th Michigan began service in July, 1862 it had 1012 enlisted men and officers.
After the defeats in June and July, 1864, General Grant ceased frontal assaults on the Confederate defenses of Petersburg.
Instead he sought ways to cut off the railroads supplying Richmond and Petersburg and force the Confederates to extend their lines to the breaking point.
The IX Corps with the 20th Michigan were part of that campaign including:
August 19 to 21: The Weldon Railroad south of Petersburg connected the besieged Confederates with their last major port of Wilmington, North Carolina.
After a series of battles, the Union captured a section of the Weldon Railroad.
That forced the Confederates to…
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