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        Civil War Battles: Petersburg | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Explore images of the ruins of the city of Petersburg, Virginia. The Commander of the Union Armies, Ulysses S. Grant, believed that capturing the city of Petersburg could be the key to taking Richmond, the capital of the Confederacy. Petersburg was a vital hub for Richmond to receive supplies and communication. Petersburg fell to Grant’s forces on April 2, 1865.

        Quarters of Photographers Attached to Union Engineer Corps, Petersburg, VA | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        The Petersburg, Virginia quarters of the photographers attached to the Union Engineer Corps, March, 1865. Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Siege of Petersburg | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        1865 photograph of sections of a chevaux-de-frise before Confederate main works during the siege of Petersburg, Virginia. Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Mortar "Dictator" at Petersburg, Virginia, 1864 | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        The 13-inch, 8.5-ton seacoast mortar "Dictator," the largest of the siege guns at Petersburg, stood on a railroad flatcar and hurled missiles that weighed 220 pounds. Union officers and soldiers are shown here. Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Dead Confederate Soldier in Petersburg Trenches, 1865 | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Dead Confederate soldier, in trench beyond a section of chevaux-de-frise, April 3, 1865. The siege of Petersburg lasted from June 1864-April 1865.

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        View of Fort Sedgwick, Petersburg, VA | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        A view of Fort Sedgwick in Petersburg, Virginia, at the end of the siege, 1865. (The Fort became known as "Fort Hell," because of its proximity to the Confederate line.) Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Fort Sedgwick, Petersburg, VA | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Chevaux de frise and breast works of the Union Fort Sedgwick (called "Fort Hell" by the Rebels), Petersburg, Virginia, 1865. Two wounded soldiers are draped across the gabion fortifications in the fort interior. Photo: E. & H.T. Anthony & Co. Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Div.

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        Dead Confederate in Fort Mahone, Petersburg, VA | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Dead rebel fighter, apparently just a teenager, in a trench at the Confederate Fort Mahone, near Petersburg, Virginia, 1865. Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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