This battle was Union versus Confederate. For the Union side, the Commander was Philip Sheridan. For the Confederate side, the Commander was George Pickett. Philip Sheridan had just made it back clearing out Confederates in the Shenandoah Valley. Sheridan also brought with him two divisions of Calvary to the Five Forks Battle. Sheridan had a fast pace style of warfare. Pickett brought three of his brigades of his old division to Five Forks. Pickett and the Confederates had only half as many men as the Union and Sheridan though. The Confederates were also on the brink of starvation and had little stamina for such a battle after spending months in the trenches of Richmond. The Union men used infantry to attack the Confederate line rolling up the flank from East to West.
The Five Forks Battlefield is where the final battle of the Siege of Petersburg was fought. At Five Forks the Siege of Petersburg came to end once and for all. The battle of Five Forks has its place in history as being at the end of the Petersburg campaign which, was a nine and a half month long ordeal. One can now visit the battlefield from 8 A.M - 5 P.M seven days a week except for on a few select holidays. The battlefield is located on Courthouse Road which is one of the roads that the battle took place at giving it the name of Five Forks. When one visits the battlefield one can watch a 12-minute long video about the battle and view artifacts in the museum. One can also hike along the 8-mile long trail and enjoy a picnic at the battlefields picnic pavilion. The battlefield is the largest Calvary action that took place in the campaign. There was only one railroad that remained open and it was located about 2 miles north of the Five Forks intersection. When visiting the battlefield today one can keep busy for hours learning the history of the battle.