Siege of Petersburg

The Siege of Petersburg refers to a group of battles that took place from June 9, 1864, to March 25, 1865 near Petersburg, Virginia. Ask questions about these famous US Civil War battles here.

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Why didn't Grant send a large cavalry unit on a long sweep around Richmond and Petersburg to cut railroads during the prolonged siege of these cities?

He probably should have made this move, as it would have helped to slow down Southern movement and supplies. The likely reason why he didn't is because he needed his cavalry to keep the roads open, for reconnaissance and to tactically reposition himself if the South tried to make a breakout.

The local topography (rivers and highlands) also made encirclement of northern Virginia more difficult than it seems. The similar bold stroke, that of Sherman's March to the Sea, took him from Tennessee into Georgia, and then on the Carolinas Campaign, where there were fewer concentrations of Confederate troops than on the front lines of Virginia.

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What body of water did the troops cross to get to the Siege of Petersburg during the Civil War?

The James River

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Where was Mount Indian VA located during the Civil War?

I used to live in Virginia and I have never heard of such a place. I did a google search and i could find neither a Mount Indian nor a Mount of Indian. Since Mountains do not move however, at least in historical terms, if there is such a mountain in Virginia it is surely in the same place today that it was in the 1860s. Michael Montagne

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How many union soldiers were wounded in the siege of petersburg?

-9635

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Where was Petersburg located during the Civil War?

Virginia

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Who won the Battle of Petersburg?

In The Battle of Petersburg the UNION/NORTH won.

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Did the union forces defeat the confederate forces?

Yes and No. They starved them and the Confederates ran for the Carolinas

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Why did the Confederates defend Petersburg?

Petersburg was an important city for the Confederacy. It was south of Richmond and was an important railway hub and road avenue to help supply Richmond. Thus, it was vital to keep Petersburg from falling into the Union's hands.

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Outcome of the Battle of Gettysburg?

The whole tide of the war was changed because for the first time, the Confederate army suffered a terrible defeat. Up to that point, Lee had won most battles against the Federal Army and he was moving into Pennsylvannia to gather more supplies and stores for his army. He had exhausted Virginia and knew there was a lot of food in Penn. He also thought it might be possible to invade Washington. But his real hope was to pin one more terrible loss on the Federal Army and persuade it to make peace. There were no plans to attack the Federal Army at Gettysburg and no plans for the Federal Army to attack the Confederates. It was a surprise to both. At the end of the battle, in which 160,000 men clashed, 7,500 lay dead from both sides. It was a fierce and bloody battle that was won by the Federal Army. Lee is quoted as saying-"this is all my fault, it is I that have lost this fight." He retreated back into Virginia and his grand plan to produce a victory on Union soil was defeated and the tide of the whole war was changed.

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Why did the Confederates defend Petersburg so fiercely in the US Civil War?

Petersburg was a rail link to the Confederate capital.

The Confederates defended so fiercely Petersburg because that fortified town covered Richmond, their Capital city, its complex of military installation and industries and the strategic railroad net leading to the area Richmond-Petersburg, vital for the prosecution of the war.

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How long did the siege of petersburg last?

10 months

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Did the Union win the siege of Petersburg in the US Civil War?

Yes, through attrition.

Grant simply went on battering away at the Army of Northern Virginia till its lines were stretched too thin, and the men were starving.

Lee eventually surrendered at Appomattox Court House.

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Why did the fall of Richmond start?

Richmond was protected by Lee's army at Petersburg, which had been besieged by Grant, knowing that the Confederates were running out of manpower. When Lee's lines had worn too thin to hold, he tried to escape from Virginia, leaving Richmond to the enemy.

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What was the battle strategy of the south in the battle of Petersburg?

The south used strategies like trying to cut off the railroad. Also the trench welfare.

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What battle convinced general Lee he would have to give up Petersburg?

The Battle of Five Forks, where his Right Flank was defeated, convinced Lee that both Richmond and Petersburg had to be evacuated.

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What does laid siege mean?

The surrounding and blockading of a city, town, or fortress by an army attempting to capture it. This is in hopes of having the opponent surrender, as their resources wane.

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How many years did Clara Burton serve in the Civil War?

She Did Not serve in the War, she was a Nurse to the soldiers DURING the war.

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What was the importanance of the siege of petersburg about?

a sandwich

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Who was the confederate general of the battle of petersburg?

General Robert E. Lee was in overall command of the Confederate forces at the battle of Petersburg.

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What route did the union and confederate troops follow from the battle of the wilderness to the siege of petersburg?

Spotsylvania and Coldharbour.

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When did the Siege of Petersburg end?

It actually ended April 2nd. Not 3rd.

The Siege of Petersburg ended in the early morning hours of April 3, 1865 with the capture of Petersburg and Richmond, Virginia. Union forces had finally broken through the Confederate entrenchments southwest of Petersburg on April 2, 1865, but fierce Confederate resistance at Fort Gregg prevented the fall of the city until the early morning of April 3.

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The Confederate force led by was able to defeat the Union force at the siege of Petersburg?

general pgt beauregard

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How many people died at the Siege of Petersburg?

15451.551510, 854564

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What State did the siege at Petersburg take place?

Petersburg is in the state of Virginia, about 20 miles south of Richmond.

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