Revolutionary War Battle of Petersburg

The great Civil War siege of Petersburg has given the City international notoriety, yet during the Revolution major fighting finally came to Virginia. Petersburg was in the thick of it. This is not surprising as General Washington had designated the City as one of the major supply depots for the Commonwealth and because Petersburg lay across the primary north-south communications line between the states, that route that follows modern day U.S. Highway 1.
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Peter Jones – A Mystery

It is generally accepted historical opinion that Petersburg, Virginia was named for the first Peter Jonesor one of his namesakes, and yet the identity of his parents, the place of his birth, and the dates of his birth and death are not known with certainty. Yet, his accomplishments and those of his heirs are written all over the region. He appears in the public record in 1655 attesting to an agreement signed by his future father-in-law and business partner, Abraham Wood. Jones married Wood’s daughter, Margaret, and they had five children, Abraham, Peter, Richard, William and Mary.
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