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Civil War Lecture on the Battle of Piedmont
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After replacing Gen. Franz Sigel in command of Union
forces in the Shenandoah Valley, Maj. Gen. David “Black Dave” Hunter
renewed the Union offensive. On June 5, 1864, Hunter engaged the Confederate
army under “Grumble” Jones north of Piedmont, Augusta County, VA. After
severe fighting, a flanking movement made by Thoburn’s Union brigade turned
Jones’s right flank. While trying to stem the retreat of his soldiers,
Jones was killed. The retreat became a rout. More than 1,000 Confederates,
including 60 officers, were captured. Jones lost three guns. Hunter occupied
Staunton on June 6 and, after a pause to await the arrival of Brig. Gen.
George Crook’s column, began to advance on Lynchburg, destroying military
stores and public property in his wake. The talk will be by Scott Patchan.