• 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.

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Winter Hut

Winter Huts

As the Siege of Petersburg extended into the months of November and December 1864, soldiers from both armies began to build winter huts like the ones pictured above. They would place a mixture of mud and water between logs to build a warmer place to sleep. The chimneys of some of the better constructed cabins could be taken from nearby abandoned houses.


Worm

Worm

The worm, an iron implement shaped like a double corkscrew was attached to the end of a stave and used to withdraw unfired cartridges, rags, or other debris from inside the bore of the cannon.

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.