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.
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