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A Final Effort

 
 
A Final Effort Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
1. A Final Effort Marker
Inscription. Desperate to relieve the Union noose strangling Petersburg, on March 25, 1865, General Lee used pre-dawn darkness and stealth to pierce the Union Line here at Fort Steadman.
“We were very much elated at first, as we thought we had won a great victory.”
- Capt. R.D. Funkhouser, 4th Virginia

Though initially successful, the attack soon lost momentum. Union reinforcements arrived and counterattacked. The Confederates fell back over and into the Fort; hundreds were killed or captured.

Never again would Robert E. Lee launch a major offensive. A week later Petersburg would fall.
 
Erected by Petersburg National Battlefield - National Park Service - Dept. of the Interior.
 
Location. 37° 13.898′ N, 77° 22.164′ W. Marker is in Petersburg, Virginia. Marker is on Siege Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in Petersburg National Battlefield on the Auto Tour Road at Tour Stop 5. Marker is in this post office area: Petersburg VA 23803, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Siege of Petersburg—Lee Strikes Back (a few steps from this marker); Fort Stedman (within shouting distance of this
Fort Stedman image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
2. Fort Stedman
Lee selected Fort Stedman as the objective of the attempted breakthrough because it was only 150 yards from the Confederate trenches.
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 400 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 . . .
1. Fort Stedman. CWSAC Battle Summaries. (Submitted on April 12, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Petersburg National Battlefield. National Park Service. (Submitted on April 12, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

3. Fort Stedman (Final Phase). The Civil War Siege of Petersburg. (Submitted on April 12, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Cannons at Fort Stedman image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
3. Cannons at Fort Stedman
The Confederates successfully took Fort Stedman, but the nighttime attack quickly became confused and disjointed. Union counterattacks eventually drove the Confederates back to their own lines.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 12, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,129 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 12, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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