Near Petersburg in Dinwiddie County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Siege of Petersburg—Grant's Fifth Offensive
September 29 - October 2, 1864 Battle of Peebles' Farm
Simultaneously attacked at both cities, Confederate General Robert E. Lee came very close to abandoning Petersburg. But by the end of Grant's fifth offensive Lee still held both cities and Grant had tightened the noose around Petersburg and Richmond.
map represents situation in September 1864
September 29-30,1864—Union forces capture New Market Heights and Confederate Fort Harrison. Lee orders nearly half his troops around Petersburg to march north to Richmond's defense.
September 29-October 2,1864—When Grant struck here south of Petersburg Lee turned around some of his troops to meet this new threat.
Erected by Petersburg National Battlefield.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic Forts and Castles • War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1864.
Location. 37° 10.466′ N, 77° 27.206′ W. Marker is near Petersburg, Virginia, in Dinwiddie County. Marker is at the intersection of Flank Road and Church Road (Virginia Route 672), on the right when traveling west on Flank Road. 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 one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Largest Fort (within shouting distance of this marker); Petersburg Battlefields (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Petersburg Battlefields (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Petersburg Battlefields (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Petersburg Battlefields (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fort Conahey (approx. 0.4 miles away); A Mysterious Historic Feature (approx. one mile away); “A Great Struggle is Now Impending” (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Petersburg.
Also see . . . Petersburg National Battlefield. National Park Service. (Submitted on October 18, 2014.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 18, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 683 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 18, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.