Siege of Petersburg—Grant's Eighth Offensive

Siege of Petersburg—Grant's Eighth Offensive (HM1HBY)

Location: Petersburg, VA 23803
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 11.885', W 77° 27.242'

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April 2-3, 1865 Fall of Petersburg and Richmond

With 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 ByPetersburg National Battlefield
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Date Added Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 3:56pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 282199 N 4119667
Decimal Degrees37.19808333, -77.45403333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 11.885', W 77° 27.242'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 11' 53.1" N, 77° 27' 14.52" W
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Area Code(s)804, 434, 757
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 830 7th Ave, Petersburg VA 23803, US
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