Battle of Five Forks

About This Place

The Battle of Five Forks took place in Dinwiddie County, Virginia on April 1, 1865, during the American Civil War. The victorious Union forces, commanded by Major General Philip Sheridan captured over 2,400 Confederate soldiers during the short battle. More importantly, the Union victory threatened Robert E. Lee's supply lines into, and his best escape route out of, Petersburg, forcing Lee to conclude that he had to abandon Petersburg and Richmond.

Location

State VA
Latitude 37.185537
Longitude -77.639857

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