SOUTHSIDE RAILROAD DEPOT-- LEE'S PETERSBURG DEPOT AND RR SUPPLY LINE
A primary target of the first and failed Union attack on Petersburg on 9 June 1864, Petersburg's Southside Railroad Station still bears the scars and holes of artillery shelling of the City of Petersburg. Over 600 homes, city buildings, and commercial buildings were destroyed or damaged by constant shelling in the city and civilians within the inner city.
Innocent Civilians including women and children, Black and White, were killed in their homes, and in the streets of Petersburg.
There is the old saying about what War is, and that was Petersburg in 1864 & 5.
Somehow Petersburg endured.
"Should you penetrate the town before Kautz, who is to attack on the Jerusalem road, the public buildings, public stores, bridges across the Appomattox, depots, and cars, are all to be destroyed."
This was the home of Addison Traylor who built this home C.1853 on High Street. He was one of the Old Men and Boys of the local militia fame who fought to protect it on 9 June 1864 and after.
This home at 228 High Street was hit and damaged by a Schenkl Artillery shell during the Siege. His daughter
was said to have died as a result of this "shelling."
Such scars are gone today.
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More of the Petersburg Battlefield -- WITHIN THE CITY!