THE DESCRIPTION OF THE / BATTLE OF FORT STEADMAN, / AS VIEWED BY THE / MEN WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE ENGAGEMENT. [followed by 71 lines of text]

NP: np, nd. Broadside, 12 x 4 3/4 in., printed in various sizes and styles of type. The text describes the battle which began on the morning of March 25, 1865, when "the 3d Brigade, 1st Division, 9th army corps, commanded by Gen. McLaughlin, occupied the line of breastworks from the right of Fort Steadman to the left of Fort Hazkell, a distance of aoubt 1-4 of a mile...." The brigade was composed of the following regiments: the 21st, 29th, and 57th Massachusetts; the 3d Maryland, 14th New York "heavy artillery," and the 100th (Roundheads) R.V.V. The broadside makes the case that the successful assault on the rebels at Fort Steadman was due to these troops, and specifically Maj. Maxwell and the 100th Pennsylvania V. Vol., not to the troops under Hartranft: "The Brigade has never received any credit for what they did at this battle, all the honor going to Hartranft's Division, Hartranft himself receiving his second star, and called the "Hero of Fort Steadman." Old fold lines, some shallow chipping at left margin not affecting text. A very good copy. Item #62241

The Battle of Fort Stedman [alternately spelled Steadman in this broadside] was one of the last battles fought around Petersburg, Virginia in the closing weeks of the Civil War. Rebel forces under Gen. John B. Gordon had succeeded in taking the fort, and accepting the surrender of Gen. McLaughlin. During the battle and the retreat to Fort Haskell, Col. Joseph Pentecost of the 100th Pennsylvania was mortally wounded and Maj. Norman J. Maxwell took over his command. Maxwell and his "Roundheads" then attempted to retake Fort Stedman. Hartranft's Division advanced on the fort from the rear and is sometimes credited with the successful assault. Two weeks after the battle, Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Gen. Grant at Appomattox Court House.
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