On June 9, 1864, Kautz's Union cavalry, 1300 men, after overwhelming Archer's militia, one mile south, moved westward on this road to attack the city. Upon the hillside, one mile west, they were repulsed by the battery of Captain Edward Graham, and later driven to retreat by General James Dearing's cavalry. This attack, in conjunction with an infantry force that did not come up, was the first attempt to capture Petersburg.
Geographic Location: Petersburg
Physical Description of Location: S Crater Road (US 301) southbound, about 100 feet after going under I-95 overpass, Petersburg, VA 23805. Marker is on right when traveling south on S Crater Road.
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