Introduction1 chapter 1: confederate soldiers during the siege of petersburg: the evolution and responses to john malachi bowden, the siege of petersburg became a defining influence in their lives as it was truly the last, lengthy campaign of the war in which they faced prolonged suffering in the center at the atlanta history. The city of petersburg, 24 miles south of richmond, was the junction point of five railroads that supplied the entire upper james river region grant knew petersburg was the key to the capture of richmond and that lee would be forced to defend it. Protecting both was an inventory of exotically named military implements, including chevaux-de-frise, gabions, and abatis (there were actually two union siege lines: the front line faced petersburg the other, the reverse line, was a short distance behind the first and pointed in the opposite direction.
The battle of petersburg: battle maps, history articles, photos, and preservation news (civil war trust) animated history of the siege of petersburg siege of petersburg online pamplin historical park and the national museum of the civil war soldier includes a presentation of the breakthrough at boydton line and other museum exhibits. Petersburg medals of honor: introduction 0 comments in deeds of valor, volume 1 sopo editor’s note: for a long time going forward, mondays at the siege of petersburg online will focus on union medal of honor winners at the siege of petersburg what follows is the introduction to deeds of valor,.
Siege of petersburg (2) map of the siege of petersburg, 1864-5, surveyed under the direction of n michler, maj of engrs, bvt brig genl usa (title taken from previous version) detail from map 1. The mass of grant’s army arrived first on june 15, the first day of the battle of petersburg, some 10,000 union troops under general william f smith moved against the confederate defenders of petersburg, made up of only a few thousand armed old men and boys commanded by general pgt beauregard however, the confederates had the advantage of formidable physical defenses, and they held off the overly cautious union assault.
Michler-weyss maps of the siege of petersburg 1864-1865 -- two versions these two maps were part of the postwar survey of petersburg and richmond, directed by nathaniel michler and conducted by john e weyss. Battle of petersburg summary: the battle of petersburg (aka siege of petersburg) was a series of battles around the cities of richmond and petersburg, virginia, fought from june 15, 1864, to april 2, 1865, during the civil war.
The siege of petersburg : this time two infantry corps moved west on parallel routes from the globe tavern area, with the cavalry riding to the south. Among the most remarkable aspects of the growing union siege lines were the quantity and diversity of the forts constructed along them by the spring of 1865 federal engineers had built thirty-one at petersburg, with ten more at city point most were named for officers killed in action. Animated history of the siege of petersburg siege of petersburg online pamplin historical park and the national museum of the civil war soldier includes a presentation of the breakthrough at boydton line and other museum exhibits.