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The Battle of Trevilian Station - June 12, 1864

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The Battle of Trevilian Station - Day Two
The Battle of Trevilian Station - Day Two

American Battlefield Trust’s map of the Battle of Trevilian Station

Following the relative success of the first day's fighting, Gen. Philip Sheridan's troops spent the morning of June 12th tearing up railroad tracks before advancing on the Confederate army. However, Gen. Wade Hampton's Confederate cavalry had spent the night establishing a strong position, with an angled line anchored on the railroad embankment, which would not be easily broken. Sheridan ordered several assaults against this line over the course of the day, but each one was driven back. Ultimately, Sheridan was forced to abandon his attempt to break the Confederate line. He withdrew his army on the night of the 12th, having failed to achieve his goals of permanently disrupting supply lines and linking up with additional forces near Charlottesville.

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