The Battle of Five Forks - Dinwiddie VA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 37° 08.370 W 077° 37.362
18S E 267047 N 4113568
On April 1, 1865, at this obscure county crossroads, that Confederate line finally stretched to its breaking point.
Waymark Code: WM133EA
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 09/07/2020
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Turtle3863
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The Battle of Five Forks-Petersburg National Battlefield--For nine months, an ever-lengthening fortified line had protected Petersburg. On April 1, 1865, at this obscure county crossroads, that Confederate line finally stretched to its breaking point.

"In its Result, it was to our country as Waterloo to Europe." —General Thomas T. Munford, CSA

The siege left the Confederate lines around Petersburg thinly manned—barely able to protect the last remaining supply line into the city, the South Side Railroad. On April 1, 10,000 weary Confederates under Maj. Gen. George E. Pickett dug in here at Five Forks. Their objective; prevent Union General Philip Sheridan and 21,000 Union troops from moving up Fords Road to capture the South Side Railroad.

What happened next that afternoon would determine not just the future of Pickett’s command, but also the fate of Lee’s army, Petersburg and Richmond—and hence the Confederacy itself.

This wartime sketch shows General Sheridan, holding a swallowtail flag (circled), lending the decisive Union charge on the “Angle,” about a mile to your left.

The Union plan: Sheridan's cavalry (9,000 men) would attack Pickett’s lines frontally, while Maj. Gen. Gouverneur K. Warren’s Fifth Corps infantry (12,000 men) would sweep down on the Confederates from the east. Though dug in, the Confederates here were isolated from the rest of Lee’s army. Their nearest support was several miles away.

Location: Marker is in Dinwiddie, Virginia, in Dinwiddie County. Marker is at the intersection of White Oak Road (Virginia Route 613) and Courthouse Road (Virginia Route 627), on the right when traveling east on White Oak Road.
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