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?
The 4th Division of the Union 9th Corps lost 209 men killed and wounded at the Battle of the Crater. Poplar Grove National Cemetery is the resting spot for 331 United States Colored Troops. Most of these men are unidentified burials from the Crater battlefield. (Petersburg Nat'l Battlefield)