• 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.

Biographies

FOLKS TO KNOW

During the Siege of Petersburg there were nearly 160,000 soldiers, several thousand support personnel, and tens of thousands of civilians caught up in this event. What follows are short biographies of some of those privates, officers, doctors, nurses, and local citizens who witnessed it, partook in it, and shaped its course.

MILITARY:
General Beauregard
Ambrose Burnside
Joshua Chamberlain
Decatur Dorsey
John Gordon
U.S. Grant
Winfield Hancock
Henry Heth
A.P. Hill
Rufus Ingalls
Bushrod Johnson
Robert E. Lee
William Mahone
George Pickett
Philip Sheridan
William Smith
Gouverneur Warren

MEDICAL:
Clara Barton
Dr. John Claiborne
Cornelia Hancock

CIVILIANS:
Jefferson Davis
Richard Eppes
Abraham Lincoln

Did You Know?

Charles Dimmock, Architect of the Petersburg defense line.

From the summer of 1862 until the spring of 1863, Confederate Captain Charles Dimmock appealed to slaveholders to hire their enslaved people, and also hired free black laborers to dig the ten-mile defense line around the City of Petersburg. The defenses became known as the Dimmock Line.