Breaking the LineThe 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.
|Placed By||Civil War Preservation Trust|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 8:15pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 273811 N 4114668|
|Decimal Degrees||37.15106667, -77.54695000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 9.064', W 77° 32.817'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 9' 3.84" N, 77° 32' 49.02" W|
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|Area Code(s)||804, 434, 757|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 20737-20811 State Rte 613, Petersburg VA 23803, US|
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