The captured map of the defenses of Richmond
This map of the defenses of Richmond
was found on the body of the Confederate Brigadier-General John R. Chambliss
, by Federal cavalrymen under Gregg.
had been killed in an engagement with these troopers near White Oak Branch
, seven miles from Richmond
, on August 16, 1864.
Early that month Grant
heard that reinforcements were being sent to General Early
in the Shenandoah
for the purpose of threatening Washington
In order to compel the recall of these troops, and to cause the weakening of the Confederate
lines before Petersburg
took the Second and part of the Ninth Corps and Gregg's cavalry to the north side of the James
, threatening the works of Richmond
On the morning of August 16th, Gregg advanced on the right of the Federal
line toward White's Tavern, near White Oak Branch
It was here that the action, the death of Chambliss
, and the capture of the map took place.
Even with the plans of the Southerners thus unexpectedly in their possession, the Federals
were unable to pass these defenses until Lee
's little army had been forced aside.