• 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.

Places

Battles of the Siege
In 292 days soldiers here will endure nine offensives and 108 military actions on a battlefield that grows to 176 square miles. Explore the fields where these men laid down their lives.

City Point
From a small village surrounded by a plantation to the war's largest field supply base this piece of land was critical to the outcome of the siege.

Poplar Grove National Cemetery
The graves of over six thousand soldiers serve as a reminder of an inarguable truth of the Civil War. The cost of the siege to this nation and to those families are told in part here.

Railroads in the Siege
Five railroads made Petersburg a vital Confederate supply hub and one railroad brought about its destruction.

Did You Know?

Confederate Railroads in Virginia

Petersburg, Virginia was linked to Wilmington, North Carolina by the Petersburg and Weldon Railroad. Wilmington was the Confederacy's chief destination for Confederate blockade runners loaded with European goods and supplies for citizens and soldiers alike. (Petersburg National Battlefield)