• 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.

Web Rangers Activity #1

Civil War infantryman with gun

Outfit a Civil War Soldier for Service

Whether you were a an artillery, a cavalry, or an infantry soldier, there were certain uniform items that you must have in order to provide proper service to the Union or the Confederate army. Using the pictionary and soldier life pages, you must properly equip a soldier for service.

1. Select an artillery, cavalry, or infantry soldier to equip. Refer to the soldier life pages to identify the primary job of the soldier you select.

2. Make a list of the uniform and equipment items that a soldier of an artillery, cavalry, or infantry unit would need to perform his duties.

3. Once your list is completed, draw a sketch of the soldier with all of his equipment. Remember...everyone is an artist.

4. Finally, look over your list and identify three items on the list that were universal needs of all soldiers. The three items you select should be something that soldiers needed regardless of what their primary duties were. Write a brief explanation of why all soldiers would need these uniform or equipment items.

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)