By Ron Field
In 1864, Petersburg, Virginia turned the surroundings for one of many final nice campaigns of the yank Civil struggle (1861-1865) and the longest siege in American historical past. After his failure to seize Richmond within the Spring, common Ulysses S. supply determined to strangle the existence out of the accomplice military of Northern Virginia by way of surrounding town of Petersburg and removing normal Robert E. Lee's offer strains.
The resulting siege might stick with it for almost ten months, contain 160,000 squaddies, and spot a few pitched battles together with the conflict of the Crater, Reams Station, Hatcher's Run, and White Oak street. yet round those battles have been lengthy days of residing in trenches, enduring negative vitamin and iciness climate, and pain consistent artillery bombardment. In April of 1865, supply ordered a sweeping offensive opposed to the beleaguered Confederates, which broke Lee's correct flank and compelled him to retreat to Appomattox courtroom residence, the place he surrendered every week later.
Written via a professional at the American Civil conflict, this publication examines the final conflict among the armies of U.S. furnish and Robert E. Lee.
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