As the Appomattox campaign and the war drew to a close, General Warren was determined to cut communications between the commands of Lee and Pickett. On March 31, 1864, Warren's Fifth Corps, in cooperation with General Sheridan's advances through Dinwiddie Court House, assaulted entrenched Confederates on White Oak Road. Gen. Bushrod Johnson's counterattack stemmed the Union tide temporarily, but when the smoke cleared, Warren had secured the crossroads.
Petersburg, Virginia | Although the Federals did not achieve their goal to intercept confederate supply trains, they were able to extend their line of entrenchments to the Vaughan Road Crossing of the historic site.
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