Guided tour of the compelling story of the Civil War events of the Bermuda Hundred Campaign, including sites visited by President Abraham Lincoln and Red Cross founder Clara Barton. In May of 1864, Gen. Benjamin F. Butler landed 40,000 troops on the Bermuda Hundred peninsula. His goal was to set up a base of operations and then advance toward Richmond and Petersburg. Battles fought here during May and early June 1864 prevented Butler from reaching his goal, and pushed his troops back into their defensive positions in Bermuda Hundred, where they remained for the rest of the war. Casualties on both sides of the Bermuda Hundred Campaign totaled approximately 6,000. Union and Confederate troops also played important roles in battles during the Siege of Petersburg. When that city fell on April 2, 1865, the majority of the army under the command of Robert E. Lee passed through Chesterfield County on its retreat to Appomattox.
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