Through the fall and winter of 1864-65, Grant simultaneously engaged Lee's army at the Confederate capital in Richmond and twenty-five miles south in Petersburg. Grant knew that by deploying his larger army in different directions, he would thin Lee's ranks and weaken the Confederate lines defending these two cities. By late March 1865, Grant's army was achieving this objective. The opportunity for the Union army to capture the last major supply route into Petersburg, the South Side Railroad finally came on April 1, 1865. In a marked victory, the Union army opened the way to the South Side Railroad. This marked the beginning of the end for the Confederate army.
Explore the military movements and decision-making skills of two great generals, as Grant's army engaged Lee's forces at Five Forks. Read their correspondence referencing this military action.