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Siege of Petersburg—Grant's Fourth Offensive

August 18-21, 1864 Battle of Weldon Railroad

 
 
Seige of Petersburg—Grant's Fourth Offensive Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 18, 2014
1. Seige of Petersburg—Grant's Fourth Offensive Marker
Inscription. Union General Ulysses S. Grant pursued a strategy of two-pronged attacks on Petersburg and the Confederate capital at Richmond. Grant first attacked Lee's positions around Richmond and struck again south of Petersburg. By the end of Grant's fourth offensive, Lee's supply lines had been bent but not broken.

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map represents situation in August 1864

August 14-18,1864—Confederate forces repulse the Union attack on this line. Forces from both sides return south to support the fighting below Petersburg.

August 18-21,1864—As the fighting at Richmond fades Union troops swing south and sever the critical Petersburg (& Weldon) Railroad.Confederate forces repulse the Union attack on this line. Forces from both sides return south to support the fighting below Petersburg.

August 25,1864—Union troops tried to extend their lines along the railroad to Reams Station but were defeated and swept back by the Confederates.
 
Erected by Petersburg National Battlefield.
 
Location. 37° 10.031′ N, 77° 24.979′ W. Marker is in Petersburg, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Halifax Road (Virginia Route 604) and Flank Road, on the left when traveling
Seige of Petersburg—Grant's Fourth Offensive Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 18, 2014
2. Seige of Petersburg—Grant's Fourth Offensive Marker
north on Halifax Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Petersburg VA 23805, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fight for the Weldon Railroad (here, next to this marker); Fort Wadsworth (here, next to this marker); Hagood’s Brigade (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Petersburg Railroad (approx. 1.2 miles away); Fort Conahey (approx. 1.7 miles away); Fort Hays (approx. 2.1 miles away); Siege of Petersburg—Grant's Fifth Offensive (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Largest Fort (approx. 2.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Petersburg.
 
Also see . . .  Petersburg National Battlefield. National Park Service (Submitted on October 19, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesRailroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil
 
Fort Wadsworth image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 18, 2014
3. Fort Wadsworth
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 440 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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