Introduction to Petersburg (Alt + 1)
Map of Petersburg (Alt + 2)
Grant's Headquarters at City Point (Alt + 3)
The Eastern Front (Alt + 4)
The Western Front (Alt + 5)
The Battle of Five Forks (Alt + 6)
Poplar Grove National Cemetery (Alt + 7)
Challenge Your Understanding (Alt + U)
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The Siege of Petersburg Main Index (Alt + I)
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Glossary (Alt + G)
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Teacher Resource Center for Petersburg (Alt + R)

What was it like to be a soldier in a city under siege?

Soldiers spent weeks, days, and months fighting in trench lines that stretched for miles across the Petersburg front.

The roar of cannon fire, the whistling of Minnie balls, and the stamping of horses hooves were familiar sounds to the soldiers.

Life under fire became routine for men from both armies – a routine repeated two hundred and ninety-two days.

Infantry Under Fire
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