Siege of Petersburg — Grant's First Offensive

Siege of Petersburg — Grant's First Offensive (HM1JE8)

Location: Prince George, VA 23875 Prince George County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 14.642', W 77° 21.4'

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June 1864 Initial Assaults

Union General Ulysses S. Grant wanted to capture Richmond—capital of the Confederacy. Grant knew that the key to Richmond which was lightly defended by Confederate forces. Failing to take Richmond by approaching from the north, Grant surprised Lee by attacking Petersburg in the south. With Union General Benjamin Butler's forces to help strengthen his drive to Petersburg, Grant reached Petersburg's defenses, here where you are standing, on June 15th, 1864.

General P.G.T Beauregard, the Confederate commander in Petersburg held off Union attacks for the next two days and kept the city in Confederate hands. Beauregard brought more of his own troops down from the Bermuda Hundred lines, rebuilding Confederate defenses, and finally receiving reinforcements from Lee late on June 17th. On the end of the battle on June 18th, 1864 Lee still held Petersburg—the key to Richmond.

May 31 - June 12, 1864—Lee defeats Grant at Cold Harbor, stalling Grant's attempt on Richmond.

June 15, 1864—Grant surprises Lee by attacking Petersburg. This attack on Petersburg was part of Grant's plan to capture the Confederate capital at Richmond.

June 17, 1864—Lee sends reinforcements to Petersburg
HM NumberHM1JE8
Placed ByPetersburg National Battlefield - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Monday, March 2nd, 2015 at 9:01am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 290969 N 4124546
Decimal Degrees37.24403333, -77.35666667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 14.642', W 77° 21.4'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 14' 38.52" N, 77° 21' 24" W
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Area Code(s)804
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5001 Siege Rd, Prince George VA 23875, US
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