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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

 
 
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By Bernard Fisher, October 18, 2014
1. Seige of Petersburg—Grant's Fifth Offensive Marker
Inscription. Throughout the summer of 1864 Union General Ulysses S. Grant made several unsuccessful assaults against the Confederate defenses around Richmond and Petersburg. Then, in the fall of 1864, the Union won decisive victories on other fronts of the war. Encouraged, Grant ordered another wave of assaults against Petersburg and Richmond.

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.

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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.
 
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
Seige of Petersburg—Grant's Fifth Offensive Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 18, 2014
2. Seige of Petersburg—Grant's Fifth Offensive Marker
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.
 
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. 0.3 miles 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.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
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By Bernard Fisher, October 18, 2014
3. Fort Fisher
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By Bernard Fisher, October 18, 2014
4. Fort Fisher
 
 
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 463 times since then and 76 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 18, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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