A formal surrender ceremony takes place after the Confederates give up a formidable stronghold on the North Carolina coast.
The Federal army-navy effort to seize North Carolina’s Outer Banks continues, with the potential reward being a strengthening of the naval blockade and the opening of an invasion route into southern Virginia.
August 14, 1864 – Federal forces moved north of the James River to attack the supposedly weakened Confederate defenses outside Richmond. Federal siege operations resumed
July 30, 1864 – An ill-fated plan to detonate gunpowder under the Confederate trenches at Petersburg, Virginia, resulted in a disastrous Federal defeat. As Federals
July 29, 1864 – The final preparations were made to detonate gunpowder in a tunnel below the Confederate lines at Petersburg. By this time, the
June 25, 1864 – A Federal colonel proposed opening a gap in the Confederate siege lines by digging a tunnel under them and detonating explosives.