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Here is General Ulysses S. Grant (center of bench beside tree) on eve of Siege of Petersburg VA, which escalated this month 1864.

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The Petersburg, Virginia, courthouse in 1865. From photographs of the main Eastern theater of war, the siege of Petersburg, June 1864-April 1865. Glass plate negative, right half of stereograph pair. Photographer unknown.

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"Mahone's Counterattack - Battle of the Crater, during the siege of Petersburg, July 30, 1864"

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One of the leaders of the Union Irish Brigade, Colonel Patrick Kelly was killed June 14th 1864 while at the head of his men at the Siege of Petersburg.

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21 year old Alberta Martin married 81 year WIlliam Martin in 1921 and survived until 2004 making her the last surviving widow of a civil war veteran. She "had already been widowed with a son when she met William Martin, also a widower who had served with the 4th Alabama Infantry Regiment during the siege of Petersburg in 1864-65 and had a 50$-a-month pension. The two lived on the same road in Opp, Alabama and soon a marriage of convenience was born."

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April 3, 1865. Petersburg, Virginia. "Dead Confederate soldiers in trench beyond a section of chevaux-de-frise."

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The “Dictator” was a 13 inch Sea Coast Mortar used by the Union forces in the siege of Petersburg, VA during the American Civil War. The Mortar could fire a 225 pound exploding shell up to 2 miles and took 14 pounds of black power. The siege of Petersburg lasted nine and one-half month from June 1864 - April 1865. The "Dictator" fired 218 rounds at Petersburg.

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