Alarm bells sound in Petersburg, as a raiding party under Quincy A. Gillmore approaches the city.

Alarm bells sound in Petersburg, as a raiding party under Quincy A. Gillmore approaches the city from the east and south. Fletcher H. Archer’s Battalion of Virginia Reserves—or about 125 old men and young boys—mans the city’s defenses in the south while Confederate general Henry A. Wise requests reinforcements.

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