Neither the Union nor the Confederacy was completely prepared to deal with the death tolls of their armies in the American Civil War. Battle after battle saw soldiers from both sides left on the field, buried in hasty graves or shallow trenches, many without any identification. Particularly during the nine-and-a-half month siege of Petersburg, continuous fighting, hasty abandonment of the field after a battle and ground frequently changing hands all contributed to the difficulty in properly dealing with casualties. After the war's end, both Union and Confederate groups worked to find locations to bury their respective casualties, where fallen soldiers from both sides could be properly honored for their sacrifice.
Explore how concerned civilians and government employees worked to establish cemeteries in the Petersburg area so that known and unknown soldiers could receive a proper burial.