Portrait of Ulysses S. Grant

Recognizing that he had lost the opportunity to seize Richmond while it was lightly defended, Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant called off the Second Battle of Petersburg and focused on cutting off the city’s supply lines. [Wikimedia Commons]

Second Battle of Petersburg Facts

June 15–18, 1864

Key facts about the Second Battle of Petersburg, also known as the Assault on Petersburg.

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Also Known As

  • Assault on Petersburg

Date

  • June 15–18, 1864

Location

  • Petersburg, Virginia

Campaign

Principal Union Commanders

Principal Confederate Commanders

Union Forces Engaged

Confederate Forces Engaged

Number of Union Soldiers Eengaged

  • Roughly 62,000

Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 42,000

Estimated Union Casualties

  • 11,000 (1,688 killed, 8,513 wounded, and 1,185 missing/captured)

Estimated Confederate Casualties

  • 4,000 (200 killed, 2,900 wounded, and 900 missing/captured)

Result

  • Confederate victory

Significance

  • Some historians consider the Second Battle of Petersburg to be the initial engagement of the Petersburg Campaign of 1864–65.

Timeline of the Petersburg Campaign

These are the main battles and events of the Petersburg Campaign in order.

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Citation Information

The following information is provided for citations.

  • Article Title Second Battle of Petersburg Facts
  • Coverage June 15–18, 1864
  • Author
  • Keywords Second Battle of Petersburg
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date July 27, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update March 19, 2021
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