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

The Battle of Five Forks

Petersburg National Battlefield

 
 
The Battle of Five Forks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 22, 2008
1. The Battle of Five Forks Marker
Inscription. For nine months, an ever-lengthening fortified line had protected Petersburg. On April 1, 1865, at this obscure county crossroads, that Confederate line finally stretched to its breaking point.

"In its Result, it was to our country as Waterloo to Europe." —General Thomas T. Munford, CSA

The siege left the Confederate lines around Petersburg thinly manned—barely able to protect the last remaining supply line into the city, the South Side Railroad. On April 1, 10,000 weary Confederates under Maj. Gen. George E. Pickett dug in here at Five Forks. Their objective; prevent Union General Philip Sheridan and 21,000 Union troops from moving up Fords Road to capture the South Side Railroad.

What happened next that afternoon would determine not just the future of Pickett’s command, but also the fate of Lee’s army, Petersburg and Richmond—and hence the Confederacy itself.

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This wartime sketch shows General Sheridan, holding a swallowtail flag (circled), lending the decisive Union charge on the “Angle,” about a mile to your left.

The Union plan: Sheridan’s cavalry (9,000 men) would attack Pickett’s lines frontally, while Maj. Gen. Gouverneur K. Warren’s Fifth Corps infantry (12,000 men) would sweep down on the Confederates from the east.
The Battle of Five Forks-map in the upper right image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 22, 2008
2. The Battle of Five Forks-map in the upper right
Though dug in, the Confederates here were isolated from the rest of Lee’s army. Their nearest support was several miles away.
 
Erected by National Park Service-United States Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 37° 8.37′ N, 77° 37.362′ W. Marker is in Dinwiddie, Virginia, in Dinwiddie County. Marker is at the intersection of White Oak Road (Virginia Route 613) and Courthouse Road (Virginia Route 627), on the right when traveling east on White Oak Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dinwiddie VA 23841, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Five Forks Battlefield (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Five Forks (within shouting distance of this marker); Death of Pegram (within shouting distance of this marker); Digging In (within shouting distance of this marker); Crawford’s Sweep (approx. 0.3 miles away); "Advanced...repulsed...charged again..." (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Union Cavalry Attacks (approx. half a mile away); Attack on the Angle (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Dinwiddie.
 
Regarding The Battle of Five Forks. In 2009 the NPS Contact Station was demolished and replaced
The Battle of Five Forks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 22, 2008
3. The Battle of Five Forks Marker
by a new Visitor Center located south off of Courthouse Rd.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Distant shot of the Five Forks Unit Visitor Center image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 22, 2008
4. Distant shot of the Five Forks Unit Visitor Center
Sign in front of the Visitor Center-Five Forks Unit of Petersburg National Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 22, 2008
5. Sign in front of the Visitor Center-Five Forks Unit of Petersburg National Battlefield
Exhibit in the Visitor Center of The Battle of Five Forks image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 22, 2008
6. Exhibit in the Visitor Center of The Battle of Five Forks
Exhibit in the Visitor Center of The Battle of Five Forks image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 22, 2008
7. Exhibit in the Visitor Center of The Battle of Five Forks
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 399 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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