Petersburg, VA III
[The battle of Petersburg Va. April 2nd 1865,
lithograph by Currier and Ives - Courtesy of Wikipedia]
April 2, 1865
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Petersburg National Battlefield, Virginia, United States
Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant
Gen. Robert E. Lee
With the Confederate defeat at Five Forks on April 1,
Grant and Meade ordered a general assault
against the Petersburg lines by II, IX, VI and XXIV Corps on April 2nd.
A heroic defense of Fort Gregg by a handful of
Confederates prevented the Federals from entering the city that night.
After dark, Lee
ordered the evacuation of Petersburg and Richmond.
achieved one of the major military objectives of the war: the capture of
Petersburg, which led to the fall of Richmond, the Capitol of the Confederacy.
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