Near Petersburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Siege of Petersburg—Lee Strikes Back
March 25, 1865 Battle of Fort Stedman to Battle of Jones Farm
You are standing where Lee had pinned his hopes for breaking the Union grip on his army.
Morning March 25, 1865—Lee launches a pre-dawn surprise assault on Union Fort Stedman hoping to break the Union grip on Petersburg. Within four hours, Lee's gamble has failed completely.
Afternoon, March 25, 1865—Union forces strike where Lee weakened his line for launching the Fort Stedman attack. By nightfall, Union forces gain valuable ground for their breakthrough assault on April 2, 1865.
Erected by Petersburg National Battlefield.
Location. 37° 13.902′ N, 77° 22.16′ W. Marker is near Petersburg, Virginia. Marker is on Siege Road 2.4 miles Touch for map. Marker is located at the parking lot near the trail to Fort Stedman—tour stop 5 on the Eastern Front Auto Tour. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5001 Siege Road, Petersburg VA 23803, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Final Effort (a few steps from this marker); Fort Stedman (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fort Stedman (within shouting distance of this marker); Colquitt’s Salient Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Prince George Court House Road (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hare House Site (about 500 feet away); Wasted Valor (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Maine Heavy Artillery Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Petersburg.
Also see . . . Petersburg National Battlefield. (Submitted on July 21, 2015.)
Categories. • Military • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 21, 2015, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 431 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 21, 2015, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.