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

    Petersburg

    National Battlefield Virginia

Railroads in the Siege

It was the railroads that put Petersburg on the map and made it critical to Richmond's survival. It was also the reason that brought it's demise. Control of the rail lines listed below were what many soldiers gave their lives for and determined the outcome of the siege.

(Railroads not in bold: web pages under construction)


City Point Railroad

Richmond & Petersburg Railroad

South Side Railroad

United States Military Railroad

Weldon Railroad

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)