Five Union offensives defined the eight months of fighting along the Western Front. In four of these offensives Grant launched attacks on both ends of the siege line stretching nearly twenty-five miles. Soldiers involved on both sides found themselves marched or transported "back-n-forth" between Richmond and Petersburg to fight, to support those fighting, or to relieve other troops.
This brings to light one of the unique aspects of the Western Front. Grant and Lee commanded forces on the move and in near-simultaneous battles along a front they could not see from end to end. The channels of communication, their knowledge of the terrain, their ability to move troops, and their intuition of what their opponent was doing was severely tested along this stretch of the siege lines. Take a closer look at two prime examples of the sophistication and sacrifice that are hallmarks of the offensives launched along the Western Front.