April 2-3, 1865 Fall of Petersburg and RichmondWith 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.
|Placed By||Petersburg National Battlefield|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 3:56pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 282199 N 4119667|
|Decimal Degrees||37.19808333, -77.45403333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 11.885', W 77° 27.242'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 11' 53.1" N, 77° 27' 14.52" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Area Code(s)||804, 434, 757|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling North|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 830 7th Ave, Petersburg VA 23803, US|
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