About November 30,
1864 the regiment, with its division, was transferred to
the extreme right of the Army of the Potomac, resting on the
Appomattox River, and there remained, occupying "Battery Nine,"
on the City Point Railroad, until it marched into Petersburg on
the morning of April 3, 1865. The lines of the two
armies were at this point only about 200 yards apart, and there
was more or less firing all the time, though the casualties were
Orange Arrow shows Battery IX (9) where the 20th Michigan was stationed when the Confederates assaulted Fort Stedman at about 4 a.m.
Orange Arrow points to the approximate position of the 20th Michigan as it counterattacks about 8 a.m.
maps from the National Park Service
|Courthouse, Petersburg, Virginia. The 20th Michigan was the third unit to enter the city and raise its flag on the courthouse after the city fell.||
One of the 20th Michigan's flags similar to the one raised on the Petersburg Courthouse.
Petersburg Courthouse today.
After a few days as
Provost Guard the regiment followed the army in pursuit of Lee's
army, but did not get up in time to take part in the surrender.
(The IXth Corp and the 20th Michigan protected the southern flank of the Union forces pursing Lee's army. They also rebuilt the Richmond and Danville Railroad to keep the pursuing troops supplied.)
The rest is quickly told.
A rapid march to City Point, a trip to Washington by boat, a part in the great review of May 23, 1865;
muster out near Georgetown, May 30;
return to Michigan and final disbandment on June 4, completed the record of two and three-quarters years of arduous, faithful and patriotic service of this gallant regiment.
It was an honor to the
state, to the counties in which it was raised and to all who
commanded it or served with it.
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