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After nine months of bloody attempts, the Union Army marches into Petersburg, Virginia

United States troops entering Petersburg, Virginia, April 3, 1865, artist impression, detail
04/03/1865
After an encirclement lasting more than nine months and costing an estimated total casualty list of more than 70,000 Americans, killed, wounded, and captured, the Union Army finally marched into to Petersburg, Virginia.  The Confederates had similarly abandoned nearby Richmond overnight. and the war in Virginia was rapidly coming to an end.  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
Benson J. Lossing, The Pictorial History of the Civil War in the United States of America (Hartford, CT:: T. Belknap, 1868), III: 549-550. 
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