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    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.

Jerusalem Plank Road

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Prelude

On June 21, several days after the initial attack, the Union II Corps, supported by the VI Corps attempted to cut the Weldon Railroad, one of the major supply lines into Petersburg.


 
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June 22, 1864

On June 22, troops from Gen. A.P. Hill's (CSA) corps led by Gen. William Mahone(CSA) and Gen. Cadmus Wilcox (CSA) counterattacked, forcing the II and VI Corps away from approaching the Weldon Railroad back to the Jerusalem Plank Road.



 
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Aftermath

Although the Federals were driven from their advanced positions, they were able to extend their siege lines farther south and west across the Jerusalem Plank Road and established Fort Davis.



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Did You Know?

President Lincoln and General Grant at the Wallace House

Union General-in-Chief Ulysses S. Grant and Army of the Potomac Commander George G. Meade met with Abraham Lincoln on April 3, 1865 at the Thomas Wallace house on Market Street in Petersburg. President Lincoln visited Petersburg again on April 7, 1865. (Petersburg National Battlefield)