Siege of Petersburg—Lee Strikes Back

Siege of Petersburg—Lee Strikes Back (HM1M1T)

Location: Petersburg, VA 23803
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 13.902', W 77° 22.16'

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March 25, 1865 Battle of Fort Stedman to Battle of Jones Farm

By March 1865 Confederate General Robert E. Lee had suffered through nearly nine months of fighting, had repulsed seven Union offensives, and had his men spread along a 37-mile-long front. Knowing that it was only a matter of time before his lines would break he took a desperate gamble and launched his only offensive of the siege.

You are standing where Lee had pinned his hopes for breaking the Union grip on his army.

Morning March 25, 1865—Lee launches a pre-dawn surprise assault on Union Fort Stedman hoping to break the Union grip on Petersburg. Within four hours, Lee's gamble has failed completely.

Afternoon, March 25, 1865—Union forces strike where Lee weakened his line for launching the Fort Stedman attack. By nightfall, Union forces gain valuable ground for their breakthrough assault on April 2, 1865.
HM NumberHM1M1T
Placed ByPetersburg National Battlefield
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 at 2:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 289811 N 4123206
Decimal Degrees37.23170000, -77.36933333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 13.902', W 77° 22.16'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 13' 54.12" N, 77° 22' 9.6" W
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Area Code(s)804, 434, 757
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Siege Rd, Petersburg VA 23803, US
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