Union cavalry under the command of Philip H. Sheridan occupied Charlottesville and the University of Virginia
from March 3 to March 6, 1865, a month before the end of the American Civil War (1861–1865). During the previous
summer and autumn, Union forces had
battled and largely defeated Jubal A.
Early's Confederate Army
of the Valley. In February 1865, Sheridan's men rode south from Winchester with orders to destroy railroads and possibly take Lynchburg. They ar. . .
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