c Civil War Journeys
 Petersburg - April 2, 1865
Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant
Gen. Robert E. Lee
7,750 total (US 3,500; CS 4,250)
With Confederate defeat at Five Forks on April 1,
general assault against the Petersburg lines by II, IX, VI and XXIV Corps on April 2.
A heroic defense of Fort Gregg by a handful of Confederates prevented the Federals
from entering the city that night.
Lt. Gen. A.P. Hill
was killed trying to reach his troops in the confusion.
ordered the evacuation of Petersburg and Richmond.
had achieved one of the major military objectives of the war: the capture of
Petersburg, which led to the fall of Richmond, the Capitol of the Confederacy.