Siege of Petersburg—Grant's Fifth Offensive

Siege of Petersburg—Grant's Fifth Offensive (HM1HBZ)

Location: Petersburg, VA 23803
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 10.466', W 77° 27.206'

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September 29 - October 2, 1864 Battle of Peebles' Farm

Throughout the summer of 1864 Union General Ulysses S. Grant made several unsuccessful assaults against the Confederate defenses around Richmond and Petersburg. Then, in the fall of 1864, the Union won decisive victories on other fronts of the war. Encouraged, Grant ordered another wave of assaults against Petersburg and Richmond.

Simultaneously attacked at both cities, Confederate General Robert E. Lee came very close to abandoning Petersburg. But by the end of Grant's fifth offensive Lee still held both cities and Grant had tightened the noose around Petersburg and Richmond.


map represents situation in September 1864

September 29-30,1864—Union forces capture New Market Heights and Confederate Fort Harrison. Lee orders nearly half his troops around Petersburg to march north to Richmond's defense.

September 29-October 2,1864—When Grant struck here south of Petersburg Lee turned around some of his troops to meet this new threat.
Placed ByPetersburg National Battlefield
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Date Added Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 5:11am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 282184 N 4117041
Decimal Degrees37.17443333, -77.45343333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 10.466', W 77° 27.206'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 10' 27.96" N, 77° 27' 12.36" W
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Area Code(s)804, 434, 757
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 830 Flank Rd, Petersburg VA 23803, US
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