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 Posted: Mon Sep 22nd, 2008 09:54 pm
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The Petersburg Campaign has always been fascinating to me. It’s all a matter of vocabulary I suppose, but the city never was technically under a siege. The city in question must be totally surrounded to be considered besieged. Vicksburg is a good example; the Union controlled the west bank of the river, the river itself, and Grant had his two flanks tied to the river above and below the city, thus creating a true siege. Petersburg, like here at Corinth in May 1862, was an investment, where the attacking army partially surrounded the defenders but did not completely cut off communications or supply routes.
Another exercise in military jargon concerns “breaking a siege”. Grant was not trying to break the siege at Petersburg; he was trying to complete the siege. Lee, the defender, was the one trying to break or lift the siege. An excellent example of breaking a siege is Grant’s operations at Chattanooga in November of 1863.
A particularly fascinating event during the campaign was the “Beefsteak Raid”, real boots & saddles cavalry stuff


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