Petersburg was the site of a 292 day siege. Union forces, led by Grant , were determined to conduct a war of attrition by applying pressure to the Confederacy at every possible point. After initial attempts to take the city outright were repulsed, Union forces dug trench lines, some up to 30 miles long, around the city— making the battle an interesting prologue to tactics used in the first world war.
After 10 months, Union forces finally took the city and Lee's Confederate Army of Northern Virginia began a retreat that famously ended at Appomattox Court House.
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