Here at Petersburg on June 15, 1864, African-American troops recorded their first major success of the war in Virginia.
"They made a splendid charge?and won great favor in the eyes of white soldiers by their courage and bravery."
- Wilbur Fiske, 2nd Vermont Infantry June 19, 1864
After the capture of Battery 5, some of the 3,500 black troops swept southward, routing Confederates before them. At dusk, they charged on Battery 9 and swarmed over the works. During two hours of fighting on the Dimmock Line that evening, the U.S. Colored Troops (official designation) captured dozens of Confederates and six cannons.