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

    Petersburg

    National Battlefield Virginia

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  • No Parking Available in the Eastern Front Unit August 2

    Free shuttle service will transport all visitors to and from the Eastern Front Unit on August 2 during 150th Anniv. of the Battle of the Crater events. Shuttles will depart from the Farmer's Market located at 9 Old St. in Old Towne Petersburg.

  • Eastern Front Unit Trails Closed to Horse Traffic on August 2

    Those who would like to ride horses at the park on Aug. 2 are encouraged to use the trails at Five Forks in Dinwiddie County as other trails will be closed to horses that day while the park commemorates the 150th Anniv. of the Battle of the Crater.

Soldier Life

Welcome New Recruits!

Have you ever wondered what it was like to walk in a Civil War soldier's footsteps?

Would you want to be an artillery soldier, a cavalry soldier, an infantry soldier, or an engineer in the war?

Let's take a step into the past and find out what it would have been like to be one of these soldiers who participated in the siege of Petersburg. Soldiers tell you about their experiences in their own words!


Artillery Cavalry Infantry Engineers

If you would like to read more about the words of the soldiers, a bibliography will indicate the sources of their words.

Did You Know?

Lesser Siren

Hatcher's Run beaver pond in Petersburg's Five Fork's Unit is home to two unusual amphibians. The Amphiuma (Amphiuma means) can grow up to 3.25 feet and live almost 30 years. The Lesser Siren (Siren intermedia) is the most primitive salamander still in existence.