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[pee-terz-burg] /ˈpi tərzˌbɜrg/
a city in SE Virginia: besieged by Union forces 1864–65. Unabridged
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  • Could any woman who knew Petersburg, fail to know Stevan Lallovich?

    Miss Hildreth, Volume 2 of 3 Augusta de Grasse Stevens
  • Arnold was already at Petersburg when Cornwallis arrived on the 20th of May.

  • In the evening we arrived in the vicinity of Petersburg, and took our place on the left of our lines, rather toward the rear.

    In The Ranks R. E. McBride
  • I went home, packed my things, and left that evening for Petersburg.

  • Washington was not menaced again, and the Sixth Corps was sent back to Petersburg to resume its place in the line of investment.

    Our Standard-Bearer Oliver Optic
  • But you will see everything for yourself when you get to Petersburg.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • There were land and water routes in the Roanoke Valley that led to Petersburg.

  • Bolkonski recognized Prince Repnin whom he had met in Petersburg society.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
British Dictionary definitions for Petersburg


a city in SE Virginia, on the Appomattox River: scene of prolonged fighting (1864–65) during the final months of the American Civil War. Pop: 33 091 (2003 est)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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