The Siege of Petersburg: The Longest Military Event of the Civil War

Nine and a half months, 70,000 casualties, the suffering of civilians, thousands of U. S. Colored Troops fighting for the freedom of their race, and the decline of Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of No. Virginia all describe the Siege of Petersburg. It was here Gen. Ulysses S. Grant cut off all of Petersburg's supply lines ensuring the fall of Richmond on April 3, 1865. Six days later, Lee surrendered.

Two lines of soldiers in a group photo in a wooded area.

Folks to Know

During the Petersburg Campaign there were soldiers, support personnel, and civilians caught up in this event.

United States Colored Troops saw more action at Petersburg than any other campaign in the Civil War.

U.S. Colored Troops at Petersburg

Soldier stands guard at the City Point supply base which supported approximately 120,000 Union soldiers fighting in and around Petersburg.

The Siege of Petersburg was the longest military event in the Civil War

History and Culture

Throughout the 9.5 month siege of Petersburg, 70,000 soldiers became casualties in an event considered to be a precursor to World War I.

Last updated: May 8, 2022

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Petersburg National Battlefield Administration Office
1539 Hickory Hill Road

Petersburg , VA 23803


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