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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.
Born in 1825 in Virginia, Ambrose Powell Hill graduated from West Point in 1847 and saw service in the Mexican War and the Third Seminole War. He resigned his commission in the U.S. Army in March 1861 to join the Confederate service. Due to his distinguished service Hill was promoted to Major General in 1862 and then to Lieutenant General in 1863. He participated in the Seven Days battles, Antietam, Chancellorsville, and led the Third Corps at Gettysburg and in most of the Overland Campaign.
His Corps defended Petersburg throughout the siege against three to five corps of the Union army. On April 2, 1865 he returned from sick leave to rally his men in the wake of the Federal breakthrough along the Third Corps' line. While riding to the front he was shot and killed by a Union soldier.
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Did You Know?
Slaves who entered Union lines and came to City Point, Virginia (present day Hopewell) during the Siege of Petersburg, were typically employed unloading ships and working in the hospitals. (Petersburg National Battlefield)