Washington Peace Conference
Proposed by Virginia and chaired by former U.S. President John Tyler, the Washington Peace Conference was an unsuccessful eleventh-hour attempt to save the Union and avoid the American Civil War. Continue Reading »
Waynesboro, Battle of
The Union victory at the Battle of Waynesboro, fought on March 2, 1865 in Augusta County, Virginia, ended any meaningful Confederate presence in the Shenandoah Valley for the remainder of the Civil War. Continue Reading »
Western Virginia Campaign
Also known as the Rich Mountain Campaign, or simply Operations in Western Virginia, the Western Virginia Campaign was a struggle between Union and Confederate forces in 1861 for control of the mountainous area of western Virginia. Continue Reading »
White Oak Road, Battle of
The Battle of White Oak Road took place in Dinwiddie County, Virginia on March 31, 1865, during Appomattox Campaign. Continue Reading »
Wilderness, Battle of the
Fought between May 5 and 7, 1864, the Battle of the Wilderness was the first major battle in Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant's Overland Campaign. Continue Reading »
Williamsburg, Battle of
Fought on May 5, 1862, the Battle of Williamsburg was the first major engagement of the Peninsula Campaign during the American Civil War. Continue Reading »
Williamsport, Battle of
Also known as the Battle of Hagerstown, and the Battle of Falling Waters, the Battle of Williamsport was fought from July 6 through July 16, 1863, in Washington County, Maryland following the Battle of Gettysburg. Continue Reading »
Wilson's Creek, Battle of
Fought on August 10, 1861, the Battle of Wilson's Creek was the first major Civil War battle fought west of the Mississippi River and the scene of the death of Nathaniel Lyon, the first Union general killed in combat. Continue Reading »
Wilson's Raid
Between March 22 and April 20, 1865, Brevet Major General James H. Wilson led roughly 13,000 Union cavalrymen on a destructive raid through Alabama and Georgia. Continue Reading »
Wilson-Kautz Raid
Part of the Petersburg Campaign, the Wilson-Kautz Raid (June 22 – July 1, 1864) was a Union cavalry foray into the area southwest of Petersburg, Virginia, designed to destroy railroad track and facilities critical to supplying the Army of Northern Virginia encamped at Richmond. Continue Reading »
Winchester I, Battle of
Fought on May 25, 1862, the Battle of Winchester I was the fourth engagement and third Confederate victory of the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1862. Continue Reading »
Winchester II, Battle of
The Confederate victory at the Battle of Winchester II (June 13 – June 15, 1863) cleared the upper Shenandoah Valley of Union resistance, paving the way for Robert E. Lee's invasion of Maryland and Pennsylvania. Continue Reading »
Yazoo Pass Expedition
The Yazoo Pass Expedition was a failed Union attempt to advance on Vicksburg, Mississippi, in the spring of 1863. Continue Reading »
Yellow Tavern, Battle of
The Battle of Yellow Tavern (May 11, 1864) was a cavalry engagement during Ulysses S. Grant's Overland Campaign. Continue Reading »
Yorktown, Siege of
Lasting from April 5 to May 4, 1862, the Siege of Yorktown stalled Union Major General George B. McClellan's Peninsula Campaign for four weeks, enabling the Confederacy to shore up its defenses of Richmond, Virginia. Continue Reading »

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