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    Petersburg

    National Battlefield Virginia

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Biographies

FOLKS TO KNOW

During the Siege of Petersburg there were nearly 160,000 soldiers, several thousand support personnel, and tens of thousands of civilians caught up in this event. What follows are short biographies of some of those privates, officers, doctors, nurses, and local citizens who witnessed it, partook in it, and shaped its course.

MILITARY:
General Beauregard
Ambrose Burnside
Joshua Chamberlain
Decatur Dorsey
John Gordon
U.S. Grant
Winfield Hancock
Henry Heth
A.P. Hill
Rufus Ingalls
Bushrod Johnson
Robert E. Lee
William Mahone
George Pickett
Philip Sheridan
William Smith
Gouverneur Warren

MEDICAL:
Clara Barton
Dr. John Claiborne
Cornelia Hancock

CIVILIANS:
Jefferson Davis
Richard Eppes
Abraham Lincoln

Did You Know?

Confederate Railroads in Virginia

Petersburg, Virginia was linked to Wilmington, North Carolina by the Petersburg and Weldon Railroad. Wilmington was the Confederacy's chief destination for Confederate blockade runners loaded with European goods and supplies for citizens and soldiers alike. (Petersburg National Battlefield)