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Trench Warfare at Petersburg

Union Casualties: 61,000
Confederate Casualties: 38,000

Statistical Source: EACW

Trench Warfare at Petersburg
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Trench warfare at Petersburg: By the spring of 1865, the lines at Petersburg - where, U.S. Grant said, "I mean to end the business" - ran for fifty-three miles. The efficient Union war machine kept its army fed, supplied, and reinforced from its constantly restocked depots at City Point, while the Confederate army - ill fed, ill clothed, and hopelessly outnumbered - steadily melted away.

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