Petersburg, located in south central
Virginia, was the second-largest city in the state at the outset of the American Civil War (1861–1865).
Originally sharing the conservative political stance of most business-oriented cities
in the Upper South, Petersburg's white citizens eagerly embraced the Confederate
cause after Virginia's Convention of 1861 voted to secede in April 1861. The city
hosted a variety of Confederate installations, particularly hospitals. . .
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