• Poplar Grove National Cemetery Luminary Event (photo courtesy of Joanne Williams)

    Petersburg

    National Battlefield Virginia

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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?

Richard Eppes, 1890s

Richard Eppes, owner of Appomattox Plantation, which is currently part of the Grant's HQ Unit of Petersburg National Battlefield, noted that it took 8,320 pounds of bacon each year to feed his 127 enslaved people in 1860.