Siege of Petersburg
Date: June 1864 - April 1865
Location: Petersburg, Virginia
Union Leaders: Meade, Grant Confederate Leaders: Beauregard, Lee
Union Forces: 200,000 Confederate Forces: 50,000
Union Losses: 8,150 Confederate Losses: 3,236
Note: Forces varied throughout the siege
As part of the Richmond Campaign, Petersburg was the last line of defense before Richmond. If Petersburg fell, so would Richmond. After breaking through the first line of defense at Petersburg, the Union attack was pushed back. After this, Grant decided to surround the city and lay siege. He made a semi-circle shaped line around the city and cut off the railroads.Lee desperately tried to attack weak points in the Union line, but ultimately had to fall back and abandon the city.