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

The Petersburg Campaign

1864-1865

 

— Petersburg National Battlefield —

 
The Petersburg Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 21, 1995
1. The Petersburg Campaign Marker
Inscription.  In 1864, the Union Army’s plan was to press relentlessly and destroy Lee’s Army. On May 4, Grant crossed the Rapidan and started south. Unable to accomplish his objective at the Wilderness, Spotsylvania and Cold Harbor, he nevertheless succeeded in turning the Confederate right and, on June 15, crossed the James. Again failing to break through, he besieged Lee’s Army in Petersburg. For 10 months Grant pushed his left flank around Petersburg and finally broke Lee’s last supply line near Five Forks, April 1, 1865. Evacuating Petersburg and Richmond, Lee retreated westward. Overtaken at Appomattox he surrendered his outnumbered army, April 9.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1864.
 
Location. 37° 14.673′ N, 77° 21.422′ W. Marker is in Petersburg, Virginia. Marker is on Siege Road. Touch for map. 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. Artillery at Petersburg (here, next to this marker); Uprooted by War
The Petersburg Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 21, 1995
2. The Petersburg Campaign Marker
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(a few steps from this marker); Battery 5 of the Dimmock Line (within shouting distance of this marker); Siege of Petersburg — Grant's First Offensive (within shouting distance of this marker); Battery 5 Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); The Siege of Petersburg (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Prelude to Petersburg (about 300 feet away); Stephen Tyng Mather (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Petersburg.
 
Sign at the entrance to Petersburg National Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 21, 1995
3. Sign at the entrance to Petersburg National Battlefield
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 2, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 214 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 2, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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