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Petersburg, Va. Captured Confederate encampment, 1864.
Petersburg: A city under siege in 1864

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Grant Attacked Petersburg, Virginia
April 2, 1865

The siege on Petersburg had been going for nine months before Grant's army finally broke through the lines of the Confederate soldiers holding Petersburg. The South was outnumbered and had no reinforcements left. By the time the Union had placed its flag on the Petersburg courthouse, soldiers on both sides had been killed or wounded. General Grant next captured the town of Richmond. The end of the war was in sight. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to Grant at Appomattox Court House on April 9. One major task was left for Grant--to capture the Confederate president, Jefferson Davis. However, Davis had fled Richmond as soon as he learned that Petersburg had fallen to the Union.
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