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Jerusalem Plank Road




On June 21, several days after the initial attack, the Union II Corps, supported by the VI Corps attempted to cut the Weldon Railroad, one of the major supply lines into Petersburg.



June 22, 1864

On June 22, troops from Gen. A.P. Hill's (CSA) corps led by Gen. William Mahone(CSA) and Gen. Cadmus Wilcox (CSA) counterattacked, forcing the II and VI Corps away from approaching the Weldon Railroad back to the Jerusalem Plank Road.




Although the Federals were driven from their advanced positions, they were able to extend their siege lines farther south and west across the Jerusalem Plank Road and established Fort Davis.

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Did You Know?

Depot Field Hospital

The Depot Field Hospital, which was located in City Point, Virginia, (present day Hopewell) was the largest field hospital for Union or Southern troops during the Civil War. (Petersburg National Battlefield)