Petersburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
- Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard, CSA Confederate Commander, June 15, 1864
“Deeming that I held important points of the enemy’s line of works, I thought it prudent to make no farther advance.”
- Maj. Gen. William F. “Baldy” Smith, USA Union Commander, June 15, 1864
At 7 p.m. on June 15, 1864, the boom of Union cannons to the east foreshadowed a Union attack on the Dimmock Line. Minutes later, soldiers of the Union Eighteenth Corps broke through the undermanned Confederate line and swarmed over the works here at Battery 5. In two hours the Federals captured 1.5 miles of Petersburg’s defenses.
Though few Confederates stood between the Federals and the streets of Petersburg, Union Maj. Gen. William F. Smith stopped his advance to await reinforcements. Nine months of tedious, deadly siege would pass before the Federals would again have such an opportunity to capture Petersburg.
Erected by Petersburg National Battlefield, National
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. 37° 14.741′ N, 77° 21.42′ W. Marker is in Petersburg, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Petersburg Tour Road, on the left when traveling north. The marker is in the Petersburg National Battlefield on the Battery 5 Trail. The trailhead is located at the Visitor Center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Battery 5 of the Dimmock Line (within shouting distance of this marker); Artillery at Petersburg (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Petersburg Campaign (about 400 feet away); Uprooted by War (about 400 feet away); Dictator (about 400 feet away); Siege of Petersburg — Grant's First Offensive (about 600 feet away); Battery 5 Trail (about 600 feet away); The Siege of Petersburg (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Petersburg.
More about this marker. The upper left side of the marker features photographs of Confederate Gen. Beauregard and Union Gen. Smith, above the quotes from each. The right side of the marker contains a picture of “Union troops storm[ing] the Dimmock Line.” The bottom right of the marker features a map of Battery 5 and indicates the location of the marker. Like many others in Petersburg National Battlefield, this marker has a Petersburg Time Line along the bottom of the marker with this event highlighted.
Also see . . .
1. Petersburg National Battlefield. National Park Service. (Submitted on April 5, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. The Civil War Siege of Petersburg. (Submitted on April 5, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 5, 2008. This page has been viewed 1,153 times since then and 4 times this year. Last updated on August 20, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 5, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 5. submitted on December 22, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 6. submitted on April 5, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.