Siege of Petersburg—Grant's Fourth Offensive

Siege of Petersburg—Grant's Fourth Offensive (HM1HC2)

Location: Petersburg, VA 23805
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 10.031', W 77° 24.979'

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August 18-21, 1864 Battle of Weldon Railroad

Union General Ulysses S. Grant pursued a strategy of two-pronged attacks on Petersburg and the Confederate capital at Richmond. Grant first attacked Lee's positions around Richmond and struck again south of Petersburg. By the end of Grant's fourth offensive, Lee's supply lines had been bent but not broken.


map represents situation in August 1864

August 14-18,1864—Confederate forces repulse the Union attack on this line. Forces from both sides return south to support the fighting below Petersburg.

August 18-21,1864—As the fighting at Richmond fades Union troops swing south and sever the critical Petersburg (& Weldon) Railroad.Confederate forces repulse the Union attack on this line. Forces from both sides return south to support the fighting below Petersburg.

August 25,1864—Union troops tried to extend their lines along the railroad to Reams Station but were defeated and swept back by the Confederates.
HM NumberHM1HC2
Placed ByPetersburg National Battlefield
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Date Added Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 8:19am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 285459 N 4116152
Decimal Degrees37.16718333, -77.41631667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 10.031', W 77° 24.979'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 10' 1.86" N, 77° 24' 58.74" W
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Area Code(s)804, 434
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 537 Flank Rd, Petersburg VA 23805, US
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