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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. In June of 1864, Grant’s forces took the city in a decisive victory. 

        Photographer in Petersburg, 1865 | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        This photographer applied his giant camera to photographing maps for the Topographical Engineers Corps.

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        Siege Of Petersburg | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Sections of chevaux-de-frise before Confederate main works in Petersburg, Va. June 1864-April 1865.

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

        The 13-inch, 8.5-ton mortar "Dictator," largest of the siege guns at Petersburg, stood on a railroad flatcar and hurled missiles that weighed two hundred pounds. Union officers and soldiers are shown here.

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

        The confederate was killed when Petersburg finally fell to Union troops in 1865. More than 20,000 of his fellow rebels had been killed, wounded, or deserted in the preceding ten months.

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        View Of Fort Sedgwick, Petersburg, Va | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        A photograph of the view of Fort Sedgwick in Petersburg, Virginia.

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        Dead Confederate Soldier | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        A photograph of a dead confederate soldier in the trenches of Fort Mahone in front of Petersburg, Virginia.

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        Dead Confederate in Fort Mahone, 1865 | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        When the Union forces finally occupied the rebel trenches at Fort Mahone, they found them filled with Confederate dead.

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