City Under Siege
Why was Petersburg a target for the Union army during the Civil War? Discover the "power of place" in these lesson plans, which focus on why people choose to settle in certain areas and the significance of transportation to the success of a city. Finally, discover the importance of supplying an army in the field, and how difficult it can be in the midst of a war.
Did You Know?
Those who died on the battlefields around Petersburg were left where they were originally buried until after the Civil War. From 1866-69 most Union dead were buried at Poplar Grove National Cemetery while thousands of Confederate dead were buried at the historic Blandford Cemetery. (Petersburg NB)