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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.

Bushrod Johnson

Bushrod Johnson

Born in 1817 in Ohio, Bushrod Johnson graduated from West Point in 1840. He fought in the Mexican War and the Seminole War and resigned in 1847 to teach. Johnson joined the Confederate service and as a brigadier general fought at Ft. Donelson, Shiloh, Perryville, Stones River, Chickamauga, and Knoxville.

Promoted to Major General in 1864, he commanded the section of trenches where the South Carolinian troops were at the Crater. They captured three stands of colors and 130 prisoners that day. His men spent the remainder of the siege in the lines, ending up at White Oak Road and Five Forks. His division was shattered at Sailor's Creek on April 6, 1865 and he was paroled at Appomattox without a command.

He returned to teaching to become chancellor of the University of Nashville. He then retired to a farm in Illinois where he died in 1880.

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Did You Know?

Blandford Church and Cemetery, 1865.

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)