Civil War Battles

Peachtree Creek, Battle of
The Battle of Peachtree Creek was a military engagement between Union forces commanded by Major General George H. Thomas and Confederate forces commanded by General John B. Hood during the Atlanta Campaign of the American Civil War. The encounter took place in Fulton County, on the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia on July 20, 1864. Continue Reading »
Peeble's Farm, Battle of
Fought from September 30–October 2, 1864, during the Petersburg Campaign, the Battle of Peeble's Farm was a successful Union offensive that extended the Federal lines south of Petersburg, Virginia. Continue Reading »
Peninsula Campaign
The Peninsula Campaign, also known as the Peninsular Campaign, was an ill-fated Union offensive launched by Major General George B. McClellan in 1862 that was intended to capture the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia and bring a quick end to the American Civil War. Continue Reading »
Perryville, Battle of
The Battle of Perryville, also known as the Battle of Chaplin Hills, was the decisive engagement of the Confederate Heartland Offensive of 1862. Continue Reading »
Petersburg Campaign
Beginning in June 1864, Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant's Petersburg Campaign was a nine month-long Union offensive that consisted of nineteen major military engagements, plus additional minor skirmishes, that forced General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia to abandon the Confederate capital at Richmond in April 1865. Continue Reading »
Petersburg I, Battle of
Also known as the Battle of Old Men and Young Boys, some historians consider the Battle of Petersburg I, fought on June 9, 1864, to be the first engagement of the Petersburg Campaign. Continue Reading »
Petersburg II, Battle of
Also known as the Assault on Petersburg, some historians consider the Battle of Petersburg II, fought between June 15 - 18, 1864, to be the first engagement of the Petersburg Campaign. Continue Reading »
Petersburg III, Battle of
The Battle of Petersburg III, also known as the Breakthrough at Petersburg and the Fall of Petersburg, took place at Petersburg, Virginia on April 2, 1865, during the Appomattox Campaign. Continue Reading »
Philippi, Battle of
Generally considered to be the first significant land engagement of the American Civil War, the Battle of Philippi, also known as the "Races at Philippi," was fought on June 3, 1861, in Barbour County, Virginia (now West Virginia). Continue Reading »
Pickett's Charge
During the first two days of battle at Gettysburg (July 1 and 2, 1863), Robert E. Lee's Confederate forces tried unsuccessfully to flank each end of the Union line. Believing that Union commander General George Meade had weakened the middle of his line in support of the attacks on his flanks, Lee decided, at a council of war on the night of July 2, to launch a frontal assault on the center of the Federal line the next day. Continue Reading »

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