Facts About Petersburg

Posted: June 21, 2017 in Uncategorized

Main Statistics:

  • The Place: Petersburg, Virginia
  • The Time: The entire Petersburg Campaign took place over the course of 10 months. On June 15, 1864, the first battle took place and the siege that eventually ensued lasted until April 2, 1865.
  • The Generals: General Ulysses S. Grant commanded the Union forces and General Robert E. Lee commanded the Confederate troops
  • The Soldiers: On the Union side, there were between 65,000 and 125,000 soldiers engaged. The number of Confederate soldiers is difficult to determine, but it is estimated that there were around 52,000.
  • Casualties: The Union army suffered around 42,000 casualties, while the Confederates sustained about 28,000 casualties.

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During the Campaign:

  • General Grant launched 9 separate attacks at Petersburg during the campaign.
  • An infantry regiment from Pennsylvania set off tons of explosives under the Confederate line of battle on July 30, 1864. The massive explosion created an enormous crater.
  • The nearby port of City Point consistently provided the Union army with supplies, which assured an eventual Union victory.
  • In August of 1864, spies for the Confederate army tried to interfere with operations at City Point by placing a bomb on a munitions ship.
  • The siege at Petersburg was one of the first instances of trench warfare in history.04090_150px

Petersburg Today:

  • The Civil War Trust (one of the most influential organizations in the preservation of battlefields) has saved the most land around Petersburg, numbering more than 4,000 acres.
  • Petersburg National Battlefield receives around 200,000 visitors every year.
  • Visit Petersburg: https://www.nps.gov/pete/index.htm

 

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