Portrait of Robert E. Lee

Retreating from its entrenchments around Petersburg after the Third Battle of Petersburg doomed Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s tired and hungry Army of Northern Virginia to fall to the overwhelming federal forces it faced the next week. [Wikimedia Commons]

Third Battle of Petersburg Facts

April 2, 1865

Key facts about the Third Battle of Petersburg, also known as the Breakthrough at Petersburg and the Fall of Petersburg.

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Also Known As

  • Breakthrough at Petersburg
  • Fall of Petersburg

Date and Location

  • April 2, 1865
  • Dinwiddie County, near Petersburg, Virginia

Campaign

Principal Union Commanders

Principal Confederate Commanders

Union Forces Engaged

  • Army of the Potomac

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • Army of Northern Virginia

Number of Union Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 63,000

Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 18–20,000

Estimated Union Casualties

  • 3,500 (killed, wounded, and captured/missing)

Estimated Confederate Casualties

  • 4,250 (killed, wounded, and captured/missing)

Result

  • Union victory

Timeline of the Appomattox Campaign

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

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Citation Information

The following information is provided for citations.

  • Article Title Third Battle of Petersburg Facts
  • Coverage April 2, 1865
  • Author
  • Keywords third battle of petersburg, american civil war, appomattox campaign, ulysses s. grant, robert e. lee, a.p. hill
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date July 27, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update March 24, 2021
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