April 2016

This Day in History… April 1, 1865, 1883 and 1954

Union Wins Battle of Five Forks
Birth of Lon Chaney
Creation of U.S. Air Force Academy

U.S. #4980 pictures an 1885 painting by French artist Paul Dominique Philippoteaux.

Sheridan Wins Battle of Five Forks

On April 1, 1865, Philip Sheridan earned a key Union victory at the Battle of Five Forks.

By the spring of 1865, Robert E. Lee’s army had been under siege for nearly a year. Ulysses S. Grant’s trenches stretched for 25 miles from Petersburg to Richmond, Virginia. The Union ranks were steadily reinforced and its troops well fed, while the dwindling Confederate Army was desperate for food, clothing, and ammunition.

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