African-Americans at the Siege
For many African-Americans the journey from slave to citizen passed through the siege of Petersburg. Click here to read a new article (USCTs in the Opening Assaults on Petersburg - July, 2012) written by Park Ranger Emmanuel Dabney.Regiments That Served Here
Approximately 800 regiments of nearly 160,000 soldiers, combined, served here in the trenches of Petersburg.
Did You Know?
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.