Reenactment of the Battle of Five Forks

1 - 4 June 2000

96th Pennsylvania infantry

Am 03.06.2000 fand auf dem Gelände of the US Artillery Kaserne in Babenhausen noch einmal die Schlacht von Five Forks statt. Auf Einladung of the Rhein-Neckar Military Historical Society hatten sich mehr als 350 Darsteller verschiedener Truppenteile des Amerikanischen Bürgerkriegs zum historischen Feldlager im Stadtwald von Babenhausen eingefunden. Gemeinsamer Anlass war of the 135. Jahrestag of the Schlacht von Five Forks, die sich am 01.04.1865 in of the Nähe of the befestigten Stadt Petersburg im amerikanischen Bundesstaat Virginia ereignete. Die Verteidigungsanlagen von Petersburg waren damals auf eine Länge von mehr als 80 km ausgedehnt worden, weil Unionstruppen unter General Grant immer wieder versucht hatten, die rechte flank of the Confederate Armee zu umfassen.

Nach einem gescheiterten Gegenangriff of the Confederate am 25. März 1865 stieß General Grant noch einmal mit einem infantrykorps of the Union gegen die flank of the gegnerischen Linien vor. Gleichzeitig besetzte General Sheridan mit seinem cavalrykorps die Straßenkreuzung von Five Forks, von wo aus er die etwas weiter nördlich gelegene, strategisch wichtige Bahnlinie nach Petersburg unterbrechen konnte. General Lee schickte seine eigene cavalry and eine infantrydivision unter General George Picket nach Five Forks, um diese Gefahr abzuwenden. Sheridan erhielt am 01. April ebenfalls Verstärkung durch eigene infantry, mit deren Hilfe er Pickets Division schlug and größtenteils gefangen nahm. Starke Unionstruppen saßen nun hinter of the flank of the Confederate, and General Lee musste seine Linien weiter ausdünnen, um dieses Loch wenigstens provisorisch zu stopfen. Am 02. April befahl General Grant einen Generalangriff entlang of the gesamten Front. General Horation Wright fand mit seinem VI Korps die schwächste Stelle of the gegnerischen Verteidigungslinien and brach endlich durch. Noch am Abend and in of the Nacht des 02. April nahm General Lee die Reste seiner Armee aus Petersburg and Richmond heraus and trat den Rückzug in Richtung North Carolina an.

Der Rückzug wurde schon am 09. April endgültig gestoppt, indem Phil Sheridan die zurückflutenden Confederate mit seiner cavalry and einem ganzen infantrykorps überholte and sich dem Gegner in of the Nähe von Appomatox Court House einfach in den Weg stellte. Nach kurzen Vorpostengefechten schickte General Lee am selben Abend einen Kurier unter weißer Flagge ins Hauptquartier von General Grant. Die Kämpfe waren beendet.

Participating Units

  • Union infantry
    • US Sharpshooters
    • 96th Pennsylvania
    • 5th New York (Duryée Zouaves)
    • 62nd New York (Anderson's Zouaves)
  • 2nd US Cavalry
  • Union Artillery
  • US Corps of Engineers
  • Confederate infantry
    • CS Sharpshooters
    • 2nd South Carolina Rifles
    • 5th Virginia
  • 7th Georgia Cavalry
  • Confederate Artillery

The Camp at Babenhausen, Germany

Cavalry melee with sabres drawn

Cavalry melee with sabres drawn

Confederate cavalry at attention

Confederate cavalry at attention

Confederate cavalry resting

Confederate cavalry resting

Confederate cavalry with drawn sabres

Confederate cavalry with drawn sabres

Confederate cavalry rear view

Confederate cavalry rear view

Confederate cavalry marching

Confederate cavalry marching

2. US Cavalry, E Company guidon

2. US Cavalry, E Company guidon

2. US Cavalry officers and troopers

2. US Cavalry officers and troopers

2. US Cavalry officers and troopers

2. US Cavalry officers and troopers

2. US Cavalry dismounted

2. US Cavalry dismounted

2. US Cavalry dismounted, rear view

2. US Cavalry dismounted, rear view

Union Zouaves in camp

Union Zouaves in camp

Union Zouaves at attention

Union Zouaves at attention

Union Zouaves, rear view

Union Zouaves, rear view

Union Zouaves marching

Union Zouaves marching

Union Zouave Cantiniere

Union Zouave Cantiniere

Union Zouaves loading

Union Zouaves loading

US infantry at attention

US infantry at attention

US Infantry and Zouaves marching

US Infantry and Zouaves marching

US Sharpshooters marching

US Sharpshooters marching

96th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment marching

96th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment marching

US Artillery with Landrover

US Artillery with Landrover

Confederate Staunton Artillery being manhandled

Confederate Staunton Artillery being manhandled

Confederate Washington Artillery being manhandled

Confederate Washington Artillery being manhandled

Officer of the Confederate Washington Artillery, rear view

Officer of the Confederate Washington Artillery, rear view

Confederate Lynchburg Artillery being manhandled

Confederate Lynchburg Artillery being manhandled

Confederate Artillery column, being manhandled

Confederate Artillery column, being manhandled

Confederate Artillery guns and limbers in camp

Confederate Artillery guns and limbers in camp

Officers of Confederate Artillery in the process of forming up

Officers of Confederate Artillery in the process of forming up

Officer of the Confederate Washington Artillery, rear view

Officer of the Confederate Washington Artillery, rear view

Confederate Artillery at attention

Confederate Artillery at attention

Confederate Artillery »right face!«

Confederate Artillery »right face!«

Confederate Artillery »left face!«

Confederate Artillery »left face!«

Confederate Artillery »front!«

Confederate Artillery »front!«

Confederate Artillery »attention!«, rear view

Confederate Artillery »attention!«, rear view

Confederate Artillery »attention!«

Confederate Artillery »attention!«

Confederate Artillery Battle Flag

Confederate Artillery Battle Flag

Officer and First Sergeant of the Confederate Washington Artillery

Officer and First Sergeant of the Confederate Washington Artillery

First Sergeant of the Confederate Washington Artillery

First Sergeant of the Confederate Washington Artillery

Sergeant of the Confederate Lynchburg Artillery

Sergeant of the Confederate Lynchburg Artillery

Officer and Sergeant of the Confederate Lynchburg Artillery

Officer and Sergeant of the Confederate Lynchburg Artillery

Confederate picket of infantry and cavalry

Confederate picket of infantry and cavalry

Confederate picket of the CS Sharpshooters

Confederate picket of the CS Sharpshooters

Confederate field kitchen

Confederate field kitchen

Camp of Confederate carthographical engineers

Camp of Confederate carthographical engineers

Campfollower of the 5th Virginia Infantry

Campfollower of the 5th Virginia Infantry

Sharpshooter of the 2nd South Carolina Rifles

Sharpshooter of the 2nd South Carolina Rifles

7th Georgia Cavalry (dismounted) after the battle

7th Georgia Cavalry (dismounted) after the battle

Officer of the 7th Georgia Cavalry washing up

Officer of the 7th Georgia Cavalry washing up

7th Georgia Cavalry at attention

7th Georgia Cavalry at attention

7th Georgia Cavalry at attention, left flank

7th Georgia Cavalry at attention, left flank

7th Georgia Cavalry at attention, centre

7th Georgia Cavalry at attention, centre

7th Georgia Cavalry at attention, right flank

7th Georgia Cavalry at attention, right flank

Another reenactment was held at the Babenhausen Kaserne on July 1st and 2nd of the same year.

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