The Fight for Fort Stedman: Lee's Last Offensive
Members of the Petersburg Battlefields Foundation will conduct this Civil War educational caravan driving tour about the Fight for Fort Stedman – Lee’s Last Offensive. This tour will feature five (5) stops across the hallowed grounds of this attack and will include public, American Battlefield Trust, and National Park Service sites. Also included is a special tour of old Blandford Church with its historic Tiffany stained glass windows. Water and snacks will be provided during the tour; optional lunch afterwards at Kings BBQ in Petersburg (pay for your own meal).
The early months of 1865 presented a very foreboding forecast for the Confederate States of America. General Robert E. Lee knew that he must do something to try and break the stranglehold of General Grant on the Confederate armies. In Petersburg the situation had become desperate, "No food, no horses, no reinforcement!". Of the options presented to Lee, he decided to Fight! And Fight he did. In the predawn hours of March 25, 1865, troops under the command of Major General John B. Gordon, made a desperate but innovative attack against Union Fort Stedman in a bid to alter the course of events around the Cockade City.