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May 18 Concert Cancellation
Due to rainy weather, the May 18 concert scheduled at the General Grant's Headquarters Unit in Hopewell has been postponed. "Johnny Jones and Friends" will perform at a later date once one has been agreed upon. Thank you.
Web Rangers Activity #3
Solve the Mystery of the Disappearing Trees
When you visit Petersburg National Battlefield today, trees and green grass provide an image of a once beautiful place. This is not an accurate picture of the site where soldiers fought in trenches for nine-and-a-half months. Soldiers learned to live off of the land for protection and sometimes for food.
Print this page and complete the activities.
Example: Fraise - Soldiers cut down trees and sharpened the ends to create fraise. They placed the fraise in front of their trenches to offer better protection from approaching enemies.
Soldiers from both armies spent much of their time behind walls of earth up to ten feet high. Which artillery weapon would be more effective in attacking men behind the trenches? Refer to the pictionary and soldier life pages to define these weapons. Write down your answer and an explanation.
Would trees be an obstacle for the cannon or the mortars? Why or why not?
This photograph is an example of the trenches where soldiers lived. Soldiers from both the Union and Confederate armies fought in trenches for almost ten months. Imagine what the area of Petersburg looked like after seven months of fighting.
Now imagine what the landscape of Petersburg looked like in April 1865, when the siege finally ended. Draw a sketch of what you think Petersburg looked like during the siege.
Did You Know?
Petersburg National Battlefield is home to 23 species of mammals, 22 species of fish, 48 species of amphibians and reptiles, and 129 species of birds including 18 species of birds that are listed as species of Special Concern in Virginia.