The Siege of Petersburg: The Longest Military Event of the Civil War
Nine and a half months, 70,000 casualties, the suffering of civilians, thousands of U. S. Colored Troops fighting for the freedom of their race, and the decline of Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of No. Virginia all describe the Siege of Petersburg. It was here Gen. Ulysses S. Grant cut off all of Petersburg's supply lines ensuring the fall of Richmond on April 3, 1865. Six days later, Lee surrendered.
Where History Lives...
Books are a great way to learn about history but visiting a historic site can help you immerse yourself in history.Read More
For The Kids...
Petersburg National Battlefield has a variety of activities for kids including a Junior Ranger program. Special summer activities are also available.Read More
And For The Educators.
Petersburg National Battlefield staff members work with educators to emphasize the significance of the Siege of Petersburg.Read More
Did You Know?
Poplar Grove National Cemetery, located just south of Petersburg, Virginia, has two Medal of Honor recipients buried there: Lewis Morgan (Grave #3142) and Henry Hardenburg (Grave #1283). (Petersburg National Battlefield)