#85 Attacked from Behind Waynesboro, Virginia March 2, 1865


Waynesboro, Va. Mar. 2, 1865

BADLY BEATEN REBELS RETREAT

Southern troops tried in vain to withstand a blistering assault by General Sheridan's Union Army, this afternoon. There was no defense against the overpowering might that the North unleashed on its victims. General Lee has sent a warning to President Jefferson Davis that the Confederacy must be prepared to expect the worst. With only meager fighting forces available to the South at Waynesboro, the North crushed their opposition. With hardly any effort Sheridan was able to turn back the Rebel attack and he quickly gathered his Army up and headed for Petersburg. Petersburg could be the last battle of the War if the Union were able to repel the staggering Confederate troops.