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Petersburg, Siege of

(1864).

The Siege of Petersburg, Virginia, began in June 1864 when the Union Army of the Potomac, led by Maj. Gen. George Gordon Meade but closely supervised by Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, crossed the James River after failing to destroy Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia during a series of battles from the Wilderness to Cold Harbor.

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