The Siege of Petersburg: Summary, Timeline & Significance


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Why did General Ulysses S. Grant decide to attack Petersburg, Virginia, after his failed attempt to capture Richmond?

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1. The Siege of Petersburg can be best described as _____.

2. Which of the following statements is true about the events at Petersburg, VA?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The following quiz and worksheet combo will check your knowledge of the Siege of Petersburg. You will be tested on the importance of Petersburg and the generals who participated in the battle.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

During the assessments, you will be tested on:

  • Why Petersburg was important
  • General who was in charge of a Union attack that failed
  • What happened on July 30, 1864

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the Siege of Petersburg
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the strategies of the generals
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding Petersburg's importance and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about the siege, study the lesson The Siege of Petersburg: Summary, Timeline & Significance. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Details Union Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant
  • Explains the Battle of the Crater
  • Covers a stalemate between the Union and Confederate armies
  • Explores the end of the siege