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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.

John Gordon

John Gordon

Born in 1832 in Georgia, John Gordon was a lawyer and superintendent of a coal mine before the war. He fought in the Peninsular campaign and was promoted to brigadier general after Antietam. Gordon participated in Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and the Overland campaign. He was promoted to major general in May 1864.

At Petersburg he commanded the Second Corps. In March 1865, at Lee's request, Gordon planned and led the attack on Fort Stedman. This was to be Lee's last grand offensive of the war.

Following the war, Gordon returned to Georgia where he was three times elected to the United States Senate and once elected as governor. He also wrote Reminiscences of the Civil War to tell of his role in the war. Gordon was a prime mover in the organization of the United Confederate Veterans and became its first commander-in-chief, serving from 1890 until his death in 1904.

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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.