March 30, 2015 § Leave a comment
Orange arrow pointing to circle, upper center: March 23, 1865 position of the 20th Michigan at Battery Number 9 just north of Fort Stedman two days before the battle.
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Original base map in the public domain with additions by The Siege of Petersburg Online
Since June, 1864, General Grant had been extending the Union siege lines southwest of Petersburg and north of Richmond. That had stretched the Confederate forces to the breaking point.
In January, 1865 the Union had captured Wilmington, North Carolina and closed the last major Confederate port. That cut off more of the few supplies that were still making it around the Union siege lines.
Robert E. Lee realized the Union siege of Petersburg and Richmond was about to result in the capture of both cities and his army.
He decided to launch an attack on the eastern end of the…
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