Near Dinwiddie in Dinwiddie County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Siege of Petersburg — The Linchpin is Pulled
March 29 - April 1, 1865 Five Forks Campaign
— Petersburg National Battlefield —
By April 1, 1865, Five Forks, just north of where you're standing, had become a linchpin—key to the Confederate capital at Richmond. To control the Five Forks intersection was to control the South Side Railroad and Richmond's last connection to the rest of the Confederacy.
Loss of Five Forks would force Confederate Robert E. Lee to abandon Petersburg and Richmond leading to the fall of the Confederate capital.
March 29-31, 1865—In a series of battles Grant severs the Boydton Plank Road and isolates Confederate General George Pickett's forces at Five Forks.
April 1, 1865—Union forces sweep the Confederates off the intersection and by nightfall Grant plans his final assault on Lee's position the next day.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #18 Ulysses S. Grant series list. A significant historical date for this entry is March 29, 1865.
Location. 37° Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9840 Courthouse Rd, Dinwiddie VA 23841, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Siege of Petersburg (here, next to this marker); "Advanced…repulsed…charged again…" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); "I was exceeding anxious to attack at once…" (approx. 0.2 miles away); Five Forks Battlefield (approx. 0.3 miles away); Battle of Five Forks (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of Five Forks (approx. 0.3 miles away); "Hold Five Forks at all hazards…" (approx. 0.4 miles away); Death of Pegram (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dinwiddie.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 22, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 109 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 22, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.