The Overland Campaign came to a close when the Army of the Potomac shifted its attention to capturing Petersburg, Virginia. For Major General George G. Meade, the Overland Campaign ended on June 16, 1864, when he crossed the James River. This program explores Meade's role in the Petersburg Campaign. Although the action around Petersburg is largely defined as a nine-month siege, Federal forces made several attempts to secure the city. Tonight's lecture will focus on Meade's role in the First Offensive, June 15-18, the Second Offensive, June22-24, and the Third Offensive, popularly known as the Battle of the Crater, July 30, 1864. During this period, Meade's relationship with Grant continued to evolve and Meade labored to effectively command his army in the wake3 of the destructive Overland Campaign.
The presenter is Dr. Jennifer M. Murray, a military historian, with a specialization in the American Civil War. She is a prolific author and sought-after speaker. She is currently working on a full-length biography of Meade.
The program is presented as a public service by the North Jersey War Round Table and will be part of a three-part series titled The Winter of Gen. George Meade.