The 1864 Overland CampaignEarly in May 1864, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant hoped to end the Civil War by attacking Confederate armies simultaneously throughout the South. The commander in chief of all U.S. armies, Grant, accompanied Gen. George G. Meade's Army of the Potomac as it campaigned against Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. Lee sought defended Richmond, the Confederate capital; Grant and Meade maneuvered south and east around Lee's right flank toward the city. In a series of horrifically bloody battles, the Union generals forced Lee into defensive positions, such as the earthworks you see here, east of Richmond and Petersburg by late June. Instead of battles in the open, trench warfare would occupy the next ten months until Lee evacuated the cities in April 1865.
|Placed By||Virginia Civil War Trails|
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|Date Added||Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 5:04am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 292899 N 4151763|
|Decimal Degrees||37.48958333, -77.34253333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 29.375', W 77° 20.552'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 29' 22.50" N, 77° 20' 33.12" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 110 Richmond Airport Connector Rd, Henrico VA 23231, US|
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