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Near Petersburg in Dinwiddie County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Siege of Petersburg—Grant's Eighth Offensive

April 2-3, 1865 Fall of Petersburg and Richmond

 
 
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By Bernard Fisher, October 18, 2014
1. Seige of Petersburg-Grant's Eighth Offensive Marker
Inscription. With the Confederate defeat at Five Forks on April 1, 1865, Confederate general Robert E. Lee's defense of Petersburg and Richmond had been lost. On April 2, Union General Ulysses S. Grant ordered a general assault against the Petersburg lines and broke through Lee's Defenses west of the city. Only a stand by Confederate troops here at Fort Gregg prevented Union forces from entering the city that night. After dark, Lee ordered the evacuation of Petersburg and Richmond. Though Grant captured the capital of the Confederacy on April 3, he would not rest until Lee's army had surrendered.
 
Erected by Petersburg National Battlefield.
 
Location. 37° 11.885′ N, 77° 27.242′ W. Marker is near Petersburg, Virginia, in Dinwiddie County. Marker is on 7th Avenue 0.1 miles north of Simpson Road (Virginia Route 142), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. 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. Fort Gregg (approx. 0.2 miles away); Confederate Fort Gregg (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Battle of Fort Whitworth (approx. 0.3 miles away); Confederate Fort Whitworth
Seige of Petersburg-Grant's Eighth Offensive Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 18, 2014
2. Seige of Petersburg-Grant's Eighth Offensive Marker
(approx. 0.6 miles away); Rohoic Dam (approx. 0.6 miles away); After the Breakthrough: April 2, 1865 (approx. mile away); The Civil War Years (approx. mile away); The Kitchen Quarter (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Petersburg.
 
Also see . . .  Petersburg National Battlefield. National Park Service (Submitted on October 19, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
Fort Gregg image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 18, 2014
3. Fort Gregg
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 18, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 366 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 18, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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