Supply the Soldiers in the Field

MISSION #4 - WHAT DO YOU FOCUS ON CAPTURING WHEN YOU DID NOT TAKE PETERSBURG?

8. When you did not capture Petersburg, what would be the next logical attack on Petersburg? How could you defeat the Confederate Army?

Clue: Think about the supply systems around Petersburg.

General Grant's words following the initial attack on Petersburg, June 15th - 18th: "I now ordered the troops to be put under cover and allowed some of the rest which they had so long needed. They remained quiet, except that there was more or less firing every day, until the 22nd, when General Meade ordered an advance towards the Weldon Railroad. We were very anxious to get that road, and even round to the South Side Railroad if possible."

9. Why did the strategy of the Union Army shift to focus on the railroad lines around Petersburg? What was significant about these railroads for the Confederate Army?

MISSION #5 - HOW DID YOU ACCOMPLISH YOUR MISSION?