The Battle of Peebles' Farm, Virginia (Poplar Springs Church)

Object Number: 
September 30 - October 2, 1864
Graphite on paper
Overall: 6 7/16 x 10 in. (16.4 x 25.4 cm) mat: 11 x 14 in. ( 27.9 x 35.6 cm )
Inscribed at lower center in graphite: "The fight of the 30th September / Rebel fort and lines captured by 5th and 9th A...[illegible]"; verso inscribed at left vertically: "This is a hurried sketch of the new flank / movement on the left of the line so far successful / the fight is going on yet today Oct 1st. 1864. / Will send more when I can get a chance"
Civil War Drawings Collection, see also 1945.580.3. In September 1864, Union Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant executed simultaneous attacks against both flanks of Gen. Robert E. Lee's Confederate army. One assault occurred on the end of Lee's line to relieve pressure on Fort Harrison, which federal forces had captured and were holding against counterattacks. The second attack was designed to exploit the opening created by Lee's counterattack on Fort Harrison. The Union and Confederate forces met while marching toward battle line in the area of Peebles' Farm and Poplar Springs Church. Confederate defenders lost works on both sides of their lines as a result, while the Union army extended the siege lines past the Peebles' Farm area, bringing them all the more closer to their ultimate goal of capturing the Boydton Plank Road.
Credit Line: 
James B. Wilbur Fund
John T. Kavanaugh Collection, Rutherford, New Jersey, 1945
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group