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

Union soldiers posing in a captured Confederate encampment during the Siege of Petersburg near Petersburg, Virginia, June 1864. By Timothy O’Sullivan. Animated stereoscopic photographs.

Union soldiers posing in a captured Confederate encampment during the Siege of Petersburg near Petersburg, Virginia, June 1864. By Timothy O’Sullivan. Animated stereoscopic photographs.

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."

Confederate General John Gregg died October 7th 1864 during the Siege of Petersburg.

Confederate General John Gregg died October 7th 1864 during the Siege of Petersburg.

City Point, Virginia View of waterfront with Federal supply boats. View of waterfront with Federal supply boats. It was created between 1860 and 1865.    The photograph illustrates the main eastern theater of war, the siege of Petersburg, June 1864-April 1865.

City Point, Virginia View of waterfront with Federal supply boats. View of waterfront with Federal supply boats. It was created between 1860 and 1865. The photograph illustrates the main eastern theater of war, the siege of Petersburg, June 1864-April 1865.

April 3, 1865. Petersburg, Virginia. "Dead Confederate soldiers in trench beyond a section of chevaux-de-frise."

April 3, 1865. Petersburg, Virginia. "Dead Confederate soldiers in trench beyond a section of chevaux-de-frise."

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

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

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.

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.

Petersburg, Virginia Sutlers tent, 2d Division, 9th Corps. It was taken in 1864.  The picture shows the main eastern theater of war, the siege of Petersburg, June 1864-April 1865.

Petersburg, Virginia Sutlers tent, 2d Division, 9th Corps. It was taken in 1864. The picture shows the main eastern theater of war, the siege of Petersburg, June 1864-April 1865.

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