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Petersburg in Dinwiddie County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

After the Breakthrough: April 2, 1865

The Banks House

 

—Pamplin Historical Park —

 
After the Breakthrough: April 2, 1865 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
1. After the Breakthrough: April 2, 1865 Marker
Inscription. Following their breakthrough near the Boisseau and Hart Farms, Federal soldiers of Major General Horatio G. Wright’s Sixth Corps poured over the earthworks southwest of Petersburg and into the Confederate rear. Some Federals penetrated as far as a mile behind the Confederate lines tearing up the tracks of the South Side Railroad. By 6:00 a.m., the Sixth Corps regrouped to exploit its success.

1. The Death of A. P. Hill (6:30 A.M. – 6:45 A.M.)
When word arrived of the Breakthrough, Lieutenant General Ambrose Powell Hill rode to the front to assess the situation. Between 6:30 and 6:45 a.m., Hill and a single aide encountered two Union soldiers in a grove of trees west of the Boydton Plank Road. Hill called for their surrender and charged forward. The Federals opened fire, killing the General instantly. Informed of Hill’s death, General Lee remarked, “he is at rest now and we who are left are the ones to suffer.”

2. The Sweep to Hatcher’s Run (6:30 A.M. – 9:00 A.M.)
Following the Breakthrough, the Sixth Corps turned its attention to dislodging the Confederates southwest of Petersburg. Confederate resistance was fierce but brief. Sixth Corps troops advanced as far as Hatcher’s Run, nearly three miles to the southwest, where they were joined by the Federal Twenty-Fourth Corps. By 9:00
Markers at the Banks House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
2. Markers at the Banks House
Several markers are found near the Banks House. The "After the Breakthrough" marker is the one in the middle.
a.m. the Federals turned back toward Petersburg to attempt the capture of the city.

3. The Fall of “Edge Hill” (1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.)
Advancing between Cox Road and the Appomattox River, the Sixth Corps encountered Confederate resistance in front of Lee’s headquarters at “Edge Hill.” Thirteen pieces of artillery repulsed the initial Union assault. Outflanked and unsupported, the Confederate artillery and the army commander eventually withdrew under severe pressure. “Edge Hill” burned shortly thereafter.

4. The Defense of Forts Gregg and Whitworth (1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.)
Two Confederate forts, Gregg and Whitworth, and their 550 defenders, lay between Major General John Gibbon’s Twenty-Fourth Corps and the last defenses of Petersburg. Gibbon sent two divisions, approximately 8,000 men, against the forts. A valiant Confederate defense delayed the Union advance for two hours, allowing Southern reinforcements to man the inner lines. After dark, General Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia abandoned Petersburg and the Confederate capital at Richmond. Appomattox Court House was a week away.
 
Erected by Pamplin Historical Park.
 
Location. 37° 11.534′ N, 77° 27.938′ W. Marker is
The Banks House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
3. The Banks House
This house was the headquarters for Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant on April 2-3, 1865, after the Breakthrough.
in Petersburg, Virginia, in Dinwiddie County. Marker can be reached from Hofheimer Way, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in the Banks House section of Pamplin Historical Park. Marker is in this post office area: Petersburg VA 23803, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Civil War Years (a few steps from this marker); The Kitchen Quarter (a few steps from this marker); History of the Banks House (a few steps from this marker); The Banks House (within shouting distance of this marker); A.P. Hill Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Confederate Counterattack (approx. 0.6 miles away); Where Hill Fell (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Breakthrough (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Petersburg.
 
More about this marker. The marker is dominated by a map of the Petersburg area with fortifications and troop movements indicated. Also marked are the four post-Breakthrough events listed on the marker.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Markers in the Banks House section of Pamplin Historical Park.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Banks House. Pamplin Historical Park website. (Submitted on January 18, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Petersburg Map from Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
4. Petersburg Map from Marker
 

2. Breakthrough at Petersburg. The American Civil War website. (Submitted on January 18, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

3. The Final Assault. The Civil War Siege of Petersburg. (Submitted on January 18, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 959 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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