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Siege of Petersburg


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The Richmond–Petersburg Campaign was a series of battles around Petersburg, Virginia, fought from June 9, 1864, to March 25, 1865, during the American Civil War. Although it is more popularly known as the Siege of Petersburg, it was not a classic military siege, in which a city is usually surrounded and all supply lines are cut off, nor was it strictly limited to actions against Petersburg. The campaign consisted of nine months of trench warfare in which Union forces commanded by Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant assaulted Petersburg unsuccessfully and then constructed trench lines that eventually extended over 30 miles (48 km) from the eastern outskirts of Richmond, Virginia, to around the eastern and southern outskirts of Petersburg. Petersburg was crucial to the supply of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's army and the Confederate capital of Richmond. Numerous raids were conducted and battles fought in attempts to cut off the Richmond and Petersburg Railroad. Many of these battles caused the lengthening of the trench lines.
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  • Background 

  • Opposing forces 

  • Role of African Americans 

  • Initial attempts to capture Petersburg 

  • Initial attempts to cut the railroads (June 21–30) 

  • First Battle of Deep Bottom (July 27–29) 

  • The Crater (July 30) 

  • Second Deep Bottom (August 14–20) 

  • Operations against the Weldon Railroad 

  • Beefsteak Raid (September 14–17) 

  • Union offensives, late September 

  • Boydton Plank Road (October 27–28) 

  • Hatcher's Run (February 5–7, 1865) 

  • Confederate breakout attempt at Fort Stedman (March 25) 

  • Aftermath 

  • Classifying the campaigns 

  • Battlefield preservation