Four Years of War, Ten Months of SiegeIt was March 1865. The Civil War had raged across battlefields from New Mexico to Pennsylvania for four desperate years. More than three million men had fought and more than 600,000 men had died but, finally, the war was winding to a close. The Federal armies had essentially won the War in the West; Major General William T. Sherman's men had captured Atlanta, marched to the sea to take Savannah, and moved up through South Carolina and into North Carolina. In the East, Federal Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant faced off against Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. Lee's men were pinned in the siege lines around Petersburg, Virginia where they had been trapped by the Federals for almost ten months. Though his lines grew thinner every day from illness, battle casualties, and desertion, Lee could not abandon Petersburg. Petersburg was the gateway to Richmond, and the capital of the Confederacy.
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|Placed By||Civil War Preservation Trust|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 11:05am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 273614 N 4114782|
|Decimal Degrees||37.15205000, -77.54920000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 9.123', W 77° 32.952'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 9' 7.38" N, 77° 32' 57.12" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 20600-20734 State Rte 613, Sutherland VA 23885, US|
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