• Poplar Grove National Cemetery Luminary Event (photo courtesy of Joanne Williams)

    Petersburg

    National Battlefield Virginia

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Cavalry

During the Civil War, the "mounted soldiers" achieved more in the way of scouting and raiding expeditions than it achieved in battle. However, by 1864, a more effective use was starting to be found for cavalry. Horse soldiers began to make an impact on the operations of the infantry by combining mounted action with fighting on foot. During the siege of Petersburg, this combined impact of infantry and cavalry became a war-winning tactical method. If you were an cavalryman during the Civil War, what would your life have been like? Soldiers tell you in their own words.


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The Crater in Petersburg

The 4th Division of the Union 9th Corps lost 209 men killed and wounded at the Battle of the Crater. Poplar Grove National Cemetery is the resting spot for 331 United States Colored Troops. Most of these men are unidentified burials from the Crater battlefield. (Petersburg Nat'l Battlefield)