Siege of Petersburg Resources

   

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The Siege of Petersburg Resources page at The Siege of Petersburg Online: Beyond the Crater offers more to users than any other page on the site. Many primary sources covering the Siege of Petersburg (aka the Petersburg Campaign) are listed here. You will eventually see not only every page of the nine books from the Official Records pertaining to the Siege of Petersburg, but also many other primary sources such as newspaper accounts, diaries, letters, and the like. Essays and articles from Battles and Leaders of the Civil War and The Southern Historical Society Papers will be added in the future. Orders of Battle, Maps, and battle summaries for each of the nine offensives of the Petersburg Campaign are included here. The Today in the Petersburg Campaign series covers the daily events of the Siege of Petersburg in chronological order. Complete lists of every regiment, battalion, and battery which was involved in the Petersburg Campaign will slowly become available. Lastly, I plan to create specific pages for every commander of an army, corps, division, and brigade in the entire Siege of Petersburg.

I realize that, when completed, the sheer amount of information included above will be massive. Please subscribe to Beyond the Crater’s RSS feed and join me on my slow but sure quest to digitize the Civil War Siege of Petersburg.

  • Adjutant General Reports
  • National Tribune
  • Other Postwar Publications
  • Official Records
  • Battle Summaries
  • Today in the Petersburg Campaign
  • Maps
  • Battles and Leaders
  • MOLLUS War Papers
  • Papers of the Military Historical Society of Massachusetts
  • Confederate Veteran
  • Southern Historical Society Papers
  • Order of Battle
  • Petersburg Siege Newspapers
  • Letters & Diaries
  • Leaders
  • Units
  • Unpublished/Archival Materials

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    Thims July 22, 2011 at 9:43 am

    This is an incredible assett for the preservation of our country’s history. Many thanks for all of the very hard work it obviously has taken to create this site.

    I have found so much information here that is lost to time. For example the battle that occurred between the 15th to 18th of June 1864. This is a forgotten footnote in so many other locations, yet the more that I read and study about this battle, it was one of the key pivot points for The Seige of Petersburg.

    Thanks

    bschulte July 22, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Thims,

    Thank you very much for the compliment. The good news is that I’m just getting started here. My focus is on trying to put up as much primary source material as I can find on the Siege, with a focus on material which is not readily available online.

    Brett

    Will Hickox August 1, 2012 at 11:12 am

    I’m finding your site to be very useful in tracking several units I’m interested in. Thank you for all of your hard work here.

    bschulte August 1, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Will,

    Thanks for stopping by. I’m glad you find some of the resources here useful. The beautiful thing about all of this is that I set it up to be a lifetime’s work, so I’ve only just scratched the surface of all of the material out there. For instance, I have access to dozens of Civil War newspapers from June 18564-April 1865, many of them daily and many of them from smaller towns. Right now I’m in June 1864 for the Raleigh Confederate (only available in microfilm format I believe) and July 1864 for the Richmond Examiner. There will be much, much more where this came from. My main short term goal is to get unit pages up for every regiment, battalion, and battery which participated in the fighting around Richmond and Petersburg. I hope to have that complete by the end of 2013. My main goal after that is to polish the rough edges and make sure the site is ready for the June 2014-April 2015 sesquicentennial.

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