The Battle of Old Men and Young Boys, sometimes known as the First Battle of Petersburg, was fought on June 9, 1864, on the
outskirts of Petersburg during the American Civil
War (1861–1865). While Union general-in-chief Ulysses S. Grant and the Army of the Potomac were north of the James
River, facing the Army of Northern Virginia north of the Confederate
capital at Richmond, Union general Benjamin
F. Butler devised a plan to take the important transportation hu. . .
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