This is a 88 slide, highly animated, power point presentations on the American Civil War - The Siege of Petersburg. Each of the presentation slides are editable so you can change it to fit your individual needs. The presentation contains sections which can be presented as individual presentations.
The Siege of Petersburg, was a series of battles around Petersburg, VA, fought from June 9, 1864, to March 25, 1865. The campaign consisted of nine months of trench warfare in which Union forces commanded by Lt. General Ulysses S. Grant assaulted Petersburg unsuccessfully and then constructed trench lines that eventually extended over 30 miles from the eastern outskirts of Richmond, VA, to the eastern and southern outskirts of Petersburg.
Petersburg, a prosperous city of 18,000 and invaluable to the Confederacy. It was the main supply base and rail depot for the entire region, including Richmond. The taking of Petersburg by Union forces would make it impossible for Lee to continue defending Richmond (the Confederate capital). What Lee had feared most of all—that Grant would force him into a siege of Richmond—was poised to occur.
The Siege also represented a change of strategy by Grant from that of the preceding Overland Campaign, in which confronting and defeating Lee's army in the open was the primary goal. Now, Grant selected a geographic and political target and knew that his superior resources could besiege Lee there, pin him down, and either starve him into submission or lure him out for a decisive battle.
Numerous raids were conducted and battles fought in attempts to cut off the railroad supply lines through Petersburg to Richmond, and many of these caused the lengthening of the trench lines, overloading dwindling Confederate resources.
NOTE: It also featured the war's largest concentration of African American troops, who suffered heavy casualties at such engagements as the Battle of the Crater and Chaffin's Farm.
This presentation covers those battles, the Crater and the steps leading to the final movement to Appomattox and the end of the American Civil War.
This is one of many power point presentations I offer under the heading .... American Civil War.