Here is General Ulysses S. Grant (center of bench beside tree) on eve of Siege of Petersburg VA, which escalated this month 1864.  Photo by Timothy H. O'Sullivan.

Here is General Ulysses S. Grant (center of bench beside tree) on eve of Siege of Petersburg VA, which escalated this month 1864. Photo by Timothy H. O'Sullivan.

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Union soldiers posing in front of and on a pontoon bridge across the James River at Deep Bottom, Virginia, during the Siege of Petersburg. Attributed to Mathew Brady.

Union soldiers posing in front of and on a pontoon bridge across the James River at Deep Bottom, Virginia, during the Siege of Petersburg. Attributed to Mathew Brady.

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.

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.

Siege of Petersburg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Siege of Petersburg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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."

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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African American Union soldier William Johnson standing on the gallows before his execution during the Siege of Petersburg in Virginia, June 20, 1864. He was hanged for desertion and the attempted rape of a white woman.

African American Union soldier William Johnson standing on the gallows before his execution during the Siege of Petersburg in Virginia, June 20, 1864. He was hanged for desertion and the attempted rape of a white woman.

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