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2nd April 1865, the Fall of Petersburg and Lee's Retreat...


NewGoldDream

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...following the Overland Campaign and the bloody battles between Lee and Grant at the Wilderness, Spotsylvania and Cold Harbor, both sides had ground to a halt outside Petersburg some 30 miles from Confederate Capital, Richmond. There followed a ten month siege that saw the construction of miles of trenches by both sides in a foretaste of how wars would be conducted in succeeding decades. The final Union push took place on this day in 1864, one week after the failed Confederate breakout in the Battle of Fort Stedman. Petersburg fell, Lee began his retreat from Richmond which was very shortly thereafter occupied by Union forces, and the surrender of the Confederate forces took place just 6 days later at Appomattox.

 

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Nice concise article.

I wonder was the loss of Stonewall Jackson enough of a blow to make it a reason on its own? His loss was not just an enormous blow on the battlefields, but was a blow to morale in the South and must have placed more pressure on Lee.
The south had tactical successes throughout the war but once the north started to use its manpower advantage effectively, it became a matter of time until they prevailed.
 
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