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


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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.

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Unites States Army Military Institute, Carlisle Barracks, PA

Cylindrical baskets open at both ends, placed upright and filled with dirt used to stabilize earthworks. Gabions were common sights among the numerous trenches of Petersburg as basic support systems of the extensive earthworks.



Gloves or gauntlets as artillerymen called them, were often worn by members of an artillery crew to protect their hands as they transported and fired the rounds.

Gunner's Haversack

Gunners Haversack

Artillery crews used this leather bag to protect and carry the rounds for firing the gun. Artillery crews usually consisted of seven men who ran the drill for firing the cannon. The number five man on an artillery crew would receive the round from the number six man stationed at the limber. Then the number five man would carry the round inside of the haversack, running to the muzzle of the cannon, before giving it to the number two man who placed it inside the muzzle.

Gunner's Pouch

Gunner's Pouch

The number four man of an artillery crew would wear this pouch containing a lanyard and friction primers for discharging the cannon. Sometimes the number three man of a crew would wear a pouch also, in case the number four man fell in battle.

Did You Know?

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)