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Petersburg, Va. General view, 1865.
Petersburg, Virginia in 1865

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Grant Attacked Petersburg, Virginia
April 2, 1865

At approximately 7 a.m. on Sunday, April 2, 1865, Ulysses S. Grant's Union army attacked Confederate lines at Petersburg, Virginia. By mid-afternoon, Confederate troops had begun to evacuate the town. This victory was important for the Union; it ensured the fall of Richmond, the capital of the Confederacy, located just 25 miles north of Petersburg, which in turn led to the end of the Civil War. As in most cases with war, this victory did not occur overnight or without loss.
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