A Final Effort

A Final Effort (HM4AG)

Location: Petersburg, VA 23803
Country: United States of America

N 37° 13.898', W 77° 22.164'

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Desperate to relieve the Union noose strangling Petersburg, on March 25, 1865, General Lee used pre-dawn darkness and stealth to pierce the Union Line here at Fort Steadman.
"We were very much elated at first, as we thought we had won a great victory."
- Capt. R.D. Funkhouser, 4th Virginia

Though initially successful, the attack soon lost momentum. Union reinforcements arrived and counterattacked. The Confederates fell back over and into the Fort; hundreds were killed or captured.

Never again would Robert E. Lee launch a major offensive. A week later Petersburg would fall.
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HM NumberHM4AG
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Placed ByPetersburg National Battlefield - National Park Service - Dept. of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 5:46am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 289805 N 4123199
Decimal Degrees37.23163333, -77.36940000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 13.898', W 77° 22.164'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 13' 53.88" N, 77° 22' 9.84" W
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Area Code(s)804, 434, 757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 38 Siege Rd, Petersburg VA 23803, US
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