Petersburg, VA III

[The battle of Petersburg Va. April 2nd 1865,
lithograph by Currier and Ives - Courtesy of Wikipedia]

Date(s): April 2, 1865

Location: Please click on link below for map.

Petersburg National Battlefield, Virginia, United States

Campaign(s): Appomattox Campaign [March-April 1865]

Battles in Campaign:

Situation:

Commanders:

  • Union: Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant

  • Confederate: Gen. Robert E. Lee

Principal Forces:

  • Union: 97,000

  • Confederate: 45,000

Description:

  • 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.

  • Grant had 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.

Slide Presentation2: Appomattox Campaign

Classification3: A

Casualties4:

  • Union: 3,500

  • Confederate: 4,250

Results: Union Victory

Battlefield Website:

Lodging and Restaurants: Virginia Tourism

Recommended Resources:


1 National Park Service summary.

2 Slide Presentation Published on 6/23/07. Click on link to view as web-based slide show.

3 Classification:

  • A - having a decisive influence on a campaign and a direct impact on the course of the war

  • B - having a direct and decisive influence on their campaign

  • C - having observable influence on the outcome of a campaign

  • D - having a limited influence on the outcome of their campaign or operation but achieving or affecting important local objectives

4 Casualties are someone killed, injured, wounded, captured or missing.

Revised 03/01/2013