Chapter

The Ninth Offensive, April 2

Earl J. Hess

in In the Trenches at Petersburg

Published by University of North Carolina Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780807832820
Published online July 2014 | e-ISBN: 9781469603261
The Ninth Offensive, April 2

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This chapter describes the Ninth Union Offensive on April 2, 1865, which ended the Petersburg campaign with a bloody drama. The Ninth Corps attacked along Jerusalem Plank Road and achieved a hard-won lodgment in the layered Confederate defenses after costly fighting. The Sixth Corps achieved a decisive breakthrough that collapsed Confederate defensive arrangements west of the city, even though last-ditch efforts to defend Fort Gregg exacted a heavy cost in Union casualties. Union Second Corps operations resulted in the battle of Sutherland Station, which delayed Federal efforts to exploit their success. Lee evacuated both Petersburg and Richmond that night.

Keywords: Civil War; Petersburg campaign; Federals; Confederates; Ninth Corps; Sixth Corps

Chapter.  6164 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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