I am most impressed with your dedication and efforts in this unique research of the Petersburg area battlefields. This is obviously a very daunting project because of the changing landscape and environment and translating information from the past to the present.
Back in the 1990's, Chris Calkins took several of my phone calls as I tried to find information on the 3rd N.C. Cavalry locations in Petersburg. A large number of 3rd cavalrymen would die in a Petersburg hospital in 1863 from typhoid fever due to weeks of duty along the fetid waters of the Blackwater - running from North Carolina into Virginia and Petersburg. I have seen an image at the NPS of a hospital in Petersburg, and have found a location on the Dimmock line OR map for a hospital, close to the Mt. Airy RR station. Has your research also included the hospital locations in Petersburg? My ancestor, Pvt. Lacy Edwards and many of his friends of the 3rd NC Cav were wounded June 21st in the Davis farm battle, as Gen Barringer and others reported in Confederate and 3rd reports.
From the maps on your research, I can see where the Davis farm was located (Vaughn Rd Intersection of RR), and this verifies what Calkins told me back in the 1990's. Barringer's report on the June 21st, and his Staff Office Fred Foard mentioned they were in front of the Weldon RR, and operated in heavy under brush. I have just discovered the Williams house and the Dr. Gurley house. Their reports mentioned that at the end of the day on the 21st - their position was closer to the Jerusalem Plank Rd. (a good distance). I have driven the Flank Rd from Crater Rd to Ft. Wadsworth, and visualized if this could have been the Rail Road to Jerusalem Plank Rd. If you have research on the 21st of June 1864 Cavalry engagement with Barlow, please let me know.
By the way, in one of my many conversations with Bryce Suderow, I enquired about what could have happened to the beautiful - white hore of Col. John A. Baker of the 3rd captured in the engagement. Well, he came back with a painting done by Winslow Homer of Prisoners at The Front, showing Baker and Barlow friends from the same school. Baker's history after his capture is very interesting, as he became one of the Immortal 600, however days before the end of the war - he would sign the Oath, and became an outcast of the Confederate Veterans. War tells strange and unique stories.
Thanks for all you do. I moved to New Bern, N.C. 3 years ago, from Virginia, and miss my trips to Richmond and Petersburg. I was a Lt. Commander of Lee-Jackson, Camp No. 1, SCV, and currently in New Bern,NC am involved with the CWRT (Horace Mewborn, Pres.). I do presentations on the 3rd NC Cavalry, Confederate War Memorial Chapel on grounds of R. E. Lee Camp Soldiers' Home, Richmond, and the R. E. Lee Camp, No. 1, Confederate Veterans organization - formed in 1883 with the aid and assistance of the Union G.A.R., with Gen Grant endorsing their Soldiers' Home project in 1884, with funds raised across the country from Union Vets for a Soldiers' Home hospital and home in Richmond. Of course, the Commonwealth of Va. owns the grounds of Soldiers' Home and R. E. Lee Camp, arranged in an 1892 contract between Lee Camp and Virginia. Lee Camp, No. 1, C.V. - lots of history in Confederate memory in Richmond, with Museums and Monuments.
It recently came to my attention that three of Maj. Gen. Cadmus Wilcox's brigadiers (Scales, Thomas and McGowan) wanted Wilcox court-martialed for cowardice (!) during the summer of 1864, looks like before Second Reams Station. Letter, E. J. Hale to Lane, August 2, 1899, James H. Lane Papers, Auburn University. I'm grateful to Russ Edwards and Bryce Suderow for this information. I'll be looking into this further and will report on it as more light is shed. Please feel free to pass on any information you have about this to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I have been trying to find the names of the family living at Peebles Farm during the fighting there. I assume "Peebles" is involved but I can find nothing else about them. Any help appreciated.
"It was, after all, a Civil War."