• 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.

Pictionary: L

Lanyard

Lanyard

A strong cord with a hook at one end used to fire a cannon. In use, the wire of the friction primer was hooked to the lanyard. The long tube of the friction primer was inserted into the vent. A steady, quick pull on the lanyard set off the powder which ignited the charge. It was a convenient and generally sure method of firing artillery.


Limber

Limber

Each limber carried an ammunition chest that contained various quantities of ammunition depending on the cannons in the battery. In addition, friction primers and fuses were to be found in the chest, and the limber itself was a means of hauling a cannon. The limber was pulled by 4 to 6 horses.

Did You Know?

Confederate Railroads in Virginia

Petersburg, Virginia was linked to Wilmington, North Carolina by the Petersburg and Weldon Railroad. Wilmington was the Confederacy's chief destination for Confederate blockade runners loaded with European goods and supplies for citizens and soldiers alike. (Petersburg National Battlefield)