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    Petersburg

    National Battlefield Virginia

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So you want to learn about the Civil War?

Can you imagine spending almost ten months of the Civil War fighting in one area? Why were the soldiers here for so long? How did they pass their days? What was it like living in the trenches around Petersburg?

Through Soldier Life and Pictionary examine the lives, the uniforms and the equipment of Civil War soldiers who traveled on foot, fought on horseback, or fired a cannon.




Did You Know?

Former Slaves at City Point, Virginia

Slaves who entered Union lines and came to City Point, Virginia (present day Hopewell) during the Siege of Petersburg, were typically employed unloading ships and working in the hospitals. (Petersburg National Battlefield)