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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

March 02, 1865

Battle of Waynesboro

The Battle of Waynesboro took place in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Confederate General Jubal Early lost almost his entire force, most of them surrendering - thus leaving the Union in control of the entire valley and freeing Union General Philip Sheridan to join General Ulysses S. Grant for the final campaign in Virginia that spring. While Sheridan was in command, the fighting on this day was led by a dashing young Union cavalry leader who would gain much more fame in a different manner after the war - George Armstrong Custer.