June 1864 Initial AssaultsUnion General Ulysses S. Grant wanted to capture Richmond—capital of the Confederacy. Grant knew that the key to Richmond which was lightly defended by Confederate forces. Failing to take Richmond by approaching from the north, Grant surprised Lee by attacking Petersburg in the south. With Union General Benjamin Butler's forces to help strengthen his drive to Petersburg, Grant reached Petersburg's defenses, here where you are standing, on June 15th, 1864.
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|Placed By||Petersburg National Battlefield - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, March 2nd, 2015 at 9:01am PST -08:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 290969 N 4124546|
|Decimal Degrees||37.24403333, -77.35666667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 14.642', W 77° 21.4'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 14' 38.52" N, 77° 21' 24" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling South|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 5001 Siege Rd, Prince George VA 23875, US|
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