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Here is General Ulysses S. Grant (center of bench beside tree) on eve of Siege of Petersburg VA, which escalated this month 1864.

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The Petersburg, Virginia, courthouse in 1865. From photographs of the main Eastern theater of war, the siege of Petersburg, June 1864-April 1865. Glass plate negative, right half of stereograph pair. Photographer unknown.

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"Mahone's Counterattack - Battle of the Crater, during the siege of Petersburg, July 30, 1864"

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21 year old Alberta Martin married 81 year WIlliam Martin in 1921 and survived until 2004 making her the last surviving widow of a civil war veteran. She "had already been widowed with a son when she met William Martin, also a widower who had served with the 4th Alabama Infantry Regiment during the siege of Petersburg in 1864-65 and had a 50$-a-month pension. The two lived on the same road in Opp, Alabama and soon a marriage of convenience was born."

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Smoke is still rising from the ruins of Richmond, Virginia after surrendering on April 3, 1865 following the Union victory at the Siege of Petersburg. Union cavalry mounts with carbines visible are hitched in the foreground.

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One of the leaders of the Union Irish Brigade, Colonel Patrick Kelly was killed June 14th 1864 while at the head of his men at the Siege of Petersburg.

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