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Campaign of Giants--The Battle for PetersburgVolume 1: From the Crossing of the James to the Crater$
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A. Wilson Greene

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469638577

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469638577.001.0001

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Our Work Here Progresses Slowly

Our Work Here Progresses Slowly

Grant’s Second Offensive

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Campaign of Giants--The Battle for Petersburg

A. Wilson Greene

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter provides analysis of the First Petersburg Offensive and describes subsequent military events around Petersburg, including the Union infantry initiative styled the Second Petersburg Offensive, conducted June 20-24. This operation sought to move west and encircle Petersburg, in the process controlling two of the key railroads upon which the Confederates depended for supplies. The Second and Sixth Corps of the Army of the Potomac bore responsibility for the mission. The Second Corps met with defeat on June 22 and Confederate attacks compelled the Sixth Corps to fall back on June 23. These actions are sometimes called the Battle of Jerusalem Plank Road. The Unionists did manage to establish a bridgehead on the north side of the James at Deep Bottom in a separate operation. Abraham Lincoln made his first visit to the Petersburg front during this period.

Keywords:   William Mahone, Cadmus M. Wilcox, Ulysses S. Grant, Battle of Jerusalem Plank Road, Second Petersburg Offensive, David B. Birney, Horatio G. Wright, Deep Bottom, First Petersburg Offensive, Abraham Lincoln

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