The Battle of White Oak Road

The Battle of White Oak Road (HM9MF)

Location: Petersburg, VA 23803
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N 37° 9.064', W 77° 32.817'

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Breaking the Line

The Battle of White Oak Road left the Federals in position to block Confederate reinforcements from reaching their comrades further west. Both the Battle of White Oak Road and the Battle of Dinwiddie Court House were preludes to the climactic April 1st Battle of Five Forks; the "Waterloo of the Confederacy." A late-afternoon attack at Five Forks, coupled with poor communication among the Southern command, allowed the Union an easy victory. Upon hearing this news, General Grant ordered an all-out assault at various points along the weakened Confederate line for the following morning. On April 2, 1865, after almost ten months of siege, Federal forces finally broke the Confederate line around Petersburg and cut all supply lines to the city. The Army of Northern Virginia abandoned Petersburg and the Confederate government fled the capital in Richmond. Seven days later Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, eighty miles to the west.
HM NumberHM9MF
Placed ByCivil War Preservation Trust
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Date Added Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 8:15pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 273811 N 4114668
Decimal Degrees37.15106667, -77.54695000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 9.064', W 77° 32.817'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 9' 3.84" N, 77° 32' 49.02" W
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Area Code(s)804, 434, 757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 20737-20811 State Rte 613, Petersburg VA 23803, US
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