This Week in the Civil War - #859
On June 23, 1864 near Petersburg for the second straight day Union forces attempted to seize rail lines running into Petersburg. Union cavalry, raiding against the South Side Railroad, inconclusively engaged “Rooney” Lee’s Confederate cavalry near Nottaway Court House. On the same day the Federal Second and Sixth Corps recovered some of the ground lost the prior day by taking position west of the Jerusalem Plank Road at Petersburg, and for a brief time Union cavalry captured a section of the Weldon Railroad. A Confederate counterattack retook that section of the railroad, allowing Petersburg to remain linked to the rest of the Confederacy. The Weldon and Petersburg Railroad, essential to Petersburg’s defense, would remain in Confederate hands for almost two additional months before being seized by Union forces.