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In the Trenches at PetersburgField Fortifications and Confederate Defeat$
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Earl J. Hess

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832820

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807882351_hess

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The Ninth Offensive, April 2

The Ninth Offensive, April 2

(p.264) Chapter Eighteen The Ninth Offensive, April 2
In the Trenches at Petersburg

Earl J. Hess

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes the Ninth Union Offensive on April 2, 1865, which ended the Petersburg campaign with a bloody drama. The Ninth Corps attacked along Jerusalem Plank Road and achieved a hard-won lodgment in the layered Confederate defenses after costly fighting. The Sixth Corps achieved a decisive breakthrough that collapsed Confederate defensive arrangements west of the city, even though last-ditch efforts to defend Fort Gregg exacted a heavy cost in Union casualties. Union Second Corps operations resulted in the battle of Sutherland Station, which delayed Federal efforts to exploit their success. Lee evacuated both Petersburg and Richmond that night.

Keywords:   Civil War, Petersburg campaign, Federals, Confederates, Ninth Corps, Sixth Corps

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