Union forces under Gen David Hunter made such an attempt in June of 1864, but were thwarted by Gen Jubal Early and a lack of supplies.
Lynchburg itself had an outer and inner series of defenses. The outer defenses guarded the byways into Lynchburg, the inner defences guarded the city center. The battle never pushed much past the outer defenses, and eventually petered out.
My trip to the relatives' wedding strangely enough included a reception held at the Fort Early museum(?). Fort Early was one of the earthen forts that made up the outer defenses, along with Fort McCausland and a couple others. Of course, I disappeared for a few moments to
I have a very positive impression of Lynchburg, and we're heading back to take in more of the historical sights.