Soviet soldiers take up positions in front of the Detskoye Selo railway station in Pushkin during the Leningrad-Novgorod strategic offensive. After two weeks of fighting, the Soviets regained control of the Moscow-Leningrad railway, and on 27 January 1944, the 872-day Siege of Leningrad was finally lifted & German forces were repelled from Leningrad Oblast. Pushkin, Leningrad (now, Saint Petersburg), Russia, 21 January 1944.

Soviet soldiers take up positions in front of the Detskoye Selo railway station in Pushkin during the Leningrad-Novgorod strategic offensive. After two weeks of fighting, the Soviets regained control of the Moscow-Leningrad railway, and on 27 January 1944, the 872-day Siege of Leningrad was finally lifted & German forces were repelled from Leningrad Oblast. Pushkin, Leningrad (now, Saint Petersburg), Russia, 21 January 1944.

Confederate General John Gregg died October 7th 1864 during the Siege of Petersburg.

Confederate General John Gregg died October 7th 1864 during the Siege of Petersburg.

1865. "City Point, Virginia. Wharf, Federal artillery, and anchored schooners." From photographs of the main Eastern theater of war, the siege of Petersburg, June 1864-April 1865. Wet plate glass negative.

1865. "City Point, Virginia. Wharf, Federal artillery, and anchored schooners." From photographs of the main Eastern theater of war, the siege of Petersburg, June 1864-April 1865. Wet plate glass negative.

Here is General Ulysses S. Grant (center of bench beside tree) on eve of Siege of Petersburg VA, which escalated this month 1864.  Photo by Timothy H. O'Sullivan.

Here is General Ulysses S. Grant (center of bench beside tree) on eve of Siege of Petersburg VA, which escalated this month 1864. Photo by Timothy H. O'Sullivan.

Multi Turret Tanks. T-35-2 was assembled in April, 1933 and in May it already participated in a military parade in Leningrad.

Multi Turret Tanks. T-35-2 was assembled in April, 1933 and in May it already participated in a military parade in Leningrad.

Gen.Orlando Bolivar Willcox (April 16, 1823 – May 11, 1907) On December 12, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln nominated Willcox for appointment to the brevet grade of major general of volunteers to rank from August 1, 1864.  Following the Siege of Petersburg, he led the first troops to enter Petersburg, Virginia, before ending the war serving in North Carolina.  He was mustered out of the volunteers on January 15, 1866.

Gen.Orlando Bolivar Willcox (April 16, 1823 – May 11, 1907) On December 12, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln nominated Willcox for appointment to the brevet grade of major general of volunteers to rank from August 1, 1864. Following the Siege of Petersburg, he led the first troops to enter Petersburg, Virginia, before ending the war serving in North Carolina. He was mustered out of the volunteers on January 15, 1866.

21 year old Alberta Martin married 81 year WIlliam Martin in 1921 and survived until 2004 making her the last surviving widow of a civil war veteran. She "had already been widowed with a son when she met William Martin, also a widower who had served with the 4th Alabama Infantry Regiment during the siege of Petersburg in 1864-65 and had a 50$-a-month pension. The two lived on the same road in Opp, Alabama and soon a marriage of convenience was born."

21 year old Alberta Martin married 81 year WIlliam Martin in 1921 and survived until 2004 making her the last surviving widow of a civil war veteran. She "had already been widowed with a son when she met William Martin, also a widower who had served with the 4th Alabama Infantry Regiment during the siege of Petersburg in 1864-65 and had a 50$-a-month pension. The two lived on the same road in Opp, Alabama and soon a marriage of convenience was born."

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