Railroads in the Siege
It was the railroads that put Petersburg on the map and made it critical to Richmond's survival. It was also the reason that brought it's demise. Control of the rail lines listed below were what many soldiers gave their lives for and determined the outcome of the siege.
Did You Know?
Slaves who entered Union lines and came to City Point, Virginia (present day Hopewell) during the Siege of Petersburg, were typically employed unloading ships and working in the hospitals. (Petersburg National Battlefield)