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Battle of Five Forks

Location: Dinwiddie, VA (part of Petersburg National Military Park)
Dates: April 1, 1865
Union Commander:  Philip Sheridan, Major General
Confederate Commander:  George Pickett, Major General

Battle Summary:
In the latter part of March, 1865, Abraham Lincoln met with his key military commanders, aboard the River Queen.  In attendance was Lieutenant General, Ulysses S. Grant, Major General William Sherman and Admiral David Dixon Porter.  They would meet on March 28, and Lincoln would advise his commanders that he wanted to let the Confederacy down easy - no bloody business such as hangings, or executions.  U.S. Grant still had work to do, but it was becoming apparent, that the Confederate line around Petersburg was weak.  More>>>>

The fields of the Five Forks National Battlefield.


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