The Sherwin Family During the Civil War

Originally I thought this was Bissel Sherwin, Jr.. and I still think it is...but I was recently given an obituary for Jacob Sherwin who also served in the Civil War.  They are both brothers to our Sally Sherwin (Hatch).  Take your pick as to which brother he is.

Bissel Sherwin
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Copyright©2005 Beverly Mabb-Morten


Civil War Battlefield Guide

Richmond-Petersburg Campaign:  June 1864-March 1865
Fair Oaks and Darbytown Road, Virginia (VA080), Henrico County, October 27-28, 1864

While the Army of the Potomac attacked the Confederate works protecting the South Side Railroad and the Boydton Plank Road, US General Grant ordered US Major General Benjamin F. Butler's Army of the James to create a diversion north of the James River so that CS General Lee would not reinforce his Petersburg lines with troops from Richmond.  Butler's plan was to march US Major General Godfrey Weitzel's XVIII Corps northward to the Williamsburg Road and flank the Confederate line while US General Terry's X Corps pinned the Confederates along the Charles City Road farther south.

At 1:00 P.M. on October 27, Weitzel's Corps reached the Williamsburg Road after an eight-hour march and turned west.  CS Lieutenant General James Longstreet, who had returned to duty after being wounded in the Wilderness battle the previous May, commanded the Confederate forces north of the James River.  He recognized the threat and shifted CS General Field's Division to oppose the Federal advance up the Williamsburg Road.  CS General Hokes Division continued to hold the works opposite Terry.  Weitzel spent two hours getting into position, giving Longstreet time to strengthen his new front with earthworks.  At 3:30 P.M. Weitzel sent only two brigades out of his seven to attack across open ground.  the Confederates repulsed them with heavy fire, flanked them, and took about 700 prisoners.

The Federals held their position in front of the Confederate works that night and until the next afternoon, when they returned to their original lines.  Artillery boomed and action flared sporadically on the skirmish line, but the Confederates continued to hold their Richmond line.  Endnote 1


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