PETERSBURG WAR STORIES
AT PETERSBURG, VIRGINIA 1861 - 1865
For whatever reasons,
the National Park Service is either unable or unwilling to provide various information to the public through their interpretations at our National Battlefield Parks.
The purpose of this site is to provide
a supplement and more information for the public about certain historical events and attributes relating to our Petersburg "Ground Zero 1864&5."
Starting with the First Attack
to Capture Petersburg,
the Battle of the Old Men and Young Boys / The Battle of the 9th of June, 1864, it is with hope that the following pages will expose some of the conventional wisdom, supplement "limited" interpretations, and help eliminate misunderstandings and misinformation about what happened "at Petersburg" over 140 years ago.
On April 17th 1861, Governor Letcher of Virginia sent this message to Washington DC:
" I have only to say that the militia of Virginia will not be furnished to the powers of
Washington for any such use or purpose as they have in view.
Your object is to subjugate the Southern states, and the requisition made upon me for such an object -- an object in my judgment not within the purview of the Constitution
or the Act of 1795, will not be complied with.
You have chosen to inaugurate civil war; having done so, we will meet you in a spirit
as determined as the administration has exhibited toward the South."
"Years afterward, a Confederate who survived the rigors of the campaign for the Cockade City cautioned future historians -- the story of Petersburg will never be written; volumes would be required to contain it, and even those who went through the ordeal can not recall a satisfactory outline of the weird and graphic occurrences of the stormy period."