This Day in Georgia Civil War History
April 02, 1865
Battle of Petersburg; Sutherland’s Station; Richmond Abandoned; Appomattox Campaign
After the loss at the Battle of Five Forks the previous day, and with his lone remaining supply line threatened, Confederate General Robert E. Lee informed Confederate President Jefferson Davis that Petersburg and Richmond must be evacuated. The Confederate Government immediately abandoned the Confederate capital city of Richmond. While this occurred, the Union launched an attack on the lines defending Petersburg - resulting the Battle of Petersburg - in which the Confederates were able to prevent the Union forces from entering the city on this night. Simultaneously, the Battle of Sutherland’s Station took place, in which Union forces overran the road which served as the Confederates’ last supply line. After the fighting on this day, all Confederate forces abandoned Petersburg and Richmond.