Philip Sheridan and Gouverneur K. Warren Artifacts at Five Forks
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Philip Sheridan and Gouverneur K. Warren at Five Forks - War Department
VIDEO | In this War Department™ episode, Garry Adelman travels to the West Point Museum of History to examine objects and artifacts related to the fateful Battle of Five Forks, Virginia, fought on April 1, 1865. Special attention is paid to the bitter rivalry between Gouverneur K. Warren and Phil Sheridan, the two Union commanders at the battle.
On the morning of July 30, 1864, Union troops exploded a mine underneath Elliott's Salient, an earthwork (jutting out to form an angle) defending Petersburg. The result is one of the most talked-about incidents of the entire Civil War. Douglas Ullman, Jr. visits the battlefield and speaks with guests about the involvement of the USCT 4th Division and the events that make the Battle of the Crater at Petersburg unforgettable.
Historian Wayne Motts describes the history, function, and importance of West Point in regards to the Civil War. This video is part of the American Battlefield Trust's In4 video series, which presents short videos on basic Civil War topics.
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