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Lecture: Cavalry in the Battle of Five Forks

When: Sun., Feb. 18, 2 p.m. 2018

About the Battle of Five Forks: In late March of 1865, Union troops were determined to break the Siege of Petersburg. In order to succeed, the Northerners had to gain control of the last two supply lines feeding both Confederate soldiers and citizens in the city. By April 1, 1865 only one line remained; the South Side Railroad. On that day, all that stood between Union General Philip Sheridan’s cavalry and General Gouvernor Warren’s V Corps, were 9,000 Confederates under the command of General George Pickett. The events of April 1 would help to determine the fate of the Confederacy.

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