The fighting at Petersburg altered the course of the Civil War, the course of American history, and the lives of ten's of thousands of Americans who lived through it.
Wealth to buy passage and head rights, indentured servitude, immigration, enslavement, forced migration, opportunities to work, and the call of war were what brought many to Petersburg by 1860. Some had been here for generations as free people or slaves. Others arrived for the promise of work and wealth in the growing city it was before the war. Three years into the war men in gray or blue were drawn here by the ebb and flow of the fighting.
On April 3rd 1865 the armies moved on and the war soon ended. But the fighting aorund Petersburg, including the nearly ten-month siege of the city, would leave its mark be it loss, hope, new beginnings, devastation, relocation, rebuilding, etc. upon all of them.
This section will grow as stories of people, from across the specturm, who survived Civil War Petersburg are discovered. Their experiences remind us that the impact of this stuggle around this city lived well beyond its last battle.
1862: When war first came to Petersburg . .
1864: "A mere question of time . . ." - The siege of PetersburgEarly May 1864 Union forces had siezed the Eppe's plantation at City Point and button holed Union forces at Bermuda Hundred. By mid-June Gen. Grant's forces had crossed the James River and advanced upon Petersburg. The 9 1/2 month struggle would reach north to Richmond, envelope Petersburg, and west through the communities of Dinwiddie County.
Last updated: August 24, 2019