Federal Breakthrough at Petersburg

Here’s Edward Alexander at the Emerging Civil War 2016 Symposium speaking on what led to the end of the Army of Northern Virginia, the Federal breakthrough at Petersburg, Virginia.

The video’s description reads, “Edward Alexander, author of Dawn of Victory: Breakthrough at Petersburg, March 25-April 2, 1865, talked about the engagements between Confederate and Union forces around Petersburg, Virginia, in the spring of 1865. He argued that despite being commonly known as the ‘siege’ of Petersburg, both the Confederate and Union armies were mobile along the battle lines. Mr. Alexander focused on the Federal assault on April 2 which finally broke through the Confederate line. After this attack, Confederate General Robert E. Lee retreated west from Richmond and Petersburg and just one week later surrendered his army at Appomattox, effectively ending the Civil War.”




  1. nice presentation, maps and photos. looks like a warm day.

  2. hankc9174 · · Reply

    I give this presentation the ‘video of the year’ award.

    It highlights the little known aspects of the Virginia campaign.

    Ask buffs to describe Civil War Virginia and glossed-over hand-waving is often used to describe the period from Cold Harbor to Five Forks (other than the Crater).

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