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Petersburg

Assault on Petersburg

June 15 - 18, 1864

City of Petersburg, Virginia

Marching from Cold Harbor, Meade’s Army of the Potomac crossed the James River on transports and a 2,200-foot long pontoon bridge at Windmill Point. Butler’s leading elements crossed the Appomattox River and attacked the Petersburg defenses on June 15. The 5,400 defenders of Petersburg under command of Gen. Beauregard were driven from their first line of entrenchments back to Harrison Creek. On June 16, the II Corps captured another section of the Confederate line; on the 17th, the IX Corps gained more ground. Beauregard stripped the Howlett Line (Bermuda Hundred) to defend the city, and Lee rushed reinforcements to Petersburg from the Army of Northern Virginia. The II, XI, and V Corps from right to left attacked on June 18 but was repulsed with heavy casualties. By now the Confederate works were heavily manned and the greatest opportunity to capture Petersburg without a siege was lost.
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Petersburg Campaign

Petersburg - Wearing Down of Lee's Army

Historian Chris Caulkins talks about the strategy and execution of the grinding Petersburg campaign of 1864 and 1865.

Petersburg Cannon Pamplin

10 Facts about Petersburg

Expand your appreciation for the importance of the 1864-1865 Petersburg Campaign

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This battlefield was identified in our annual report History Under Siege™ in 2003 »  , and 2007 »

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Union and Confederate troops slug it out on the Trust's target property at Petersburg

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Recommended Reading

In the Trenches at Petersburg Book Cover

"In the Trenches at Petersburg: Field Fortifications and Confederate Defeat "
by Earl J. Hess

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99 Historic Images of Petersburg

"99 Historic Images of Civil War Petersburg"
by Garry E. Adelman and John J. Richter

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