Five Forks Battlefield

12 mi. W of Petersburg on CR 627 at Church Rd., Petersburg, Virginia

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Description 

This battle, on April 1, 1865, has been called the Waterloo of the Confederacy. Union troops under Philip Sheridan's command defeated the Confederates under General George Pickett, who had been sent to protect the Southside Railroad, Robert E. Lee's last supply line. The Union victory broke the siege of Petersburg, and led to the fall of Richmond. Lee consequently retreated westward from the Richmond-Petersburg defenses, and eight days later surrendered at Appomatox. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, December 19, 1960

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
66000830
Area of significance
Military
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Site
Historic function
Fortification
Current functions
Single dwelling; Agricultural fields
Period of significance
1850-1874
Significant year
1865
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 1
Contributing sites: 1
Non-contributing buildings: 1

Update Log 

  • December 12, 2016: New Street View added by Michael Miller

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