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Petersburg



Introduction of Petersburg
Commercial city, 22 mi S of Richmond, on the AppomattoxRiver, SE Virginia. Fort Henry was establishedhere in 1646 on the site of an Indian village.The town was incorporated in 1784, shortly afterGeneral Charles Cornwallis departed from here enroute to Yorktown toward the end of the AmericanRevolution. It was an important battle site during theCivil War, as General Robert E. Lee's Confederatetroops withstood a Union siege directed by GeneralUlysses S. Grant in an attempt to approach Richmond.Trench warfare lasted for months. The siege,which began in June 1864, was finally successful inApril 1865 after the victory at Five Forks. Richmondfell the same day, and Lee surrendered at AppomattoxCourthouse on April 9, 1865. Much of the battlesite has been preserved. There is also a Confederatecemetery here.Commercial city, 22 mi S of Richmond, on the AppomattoxRiver, SE Virginia. Fort Henry was establishedhere in 1646 on the site of an Indian village.The town was incorporated in 1784, shortly afterGeneral Charles Cornwallis departed from here enroute to Yorktown toward the end of the AmericanRevolution. It was an important battle site during theCivil War, as General Robert E. Lee's Confederatetroops withstood a Union siege directed by GeneralUlysses S. Grant in an attempt to approach Richmond.Trench warfare lasted for months. The siege,which began in June 1864, was finally successful inApril 1865 after the victory at Five Forks. Richmondfell the same day, and Lee surrendered at AppomattoxCourthouse on April 9, 1865. Much of the battlesite has been preserved. There is also a Confederatecemetery here.

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