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.
Your Connection To the Past
Let our education staff take you on a tour of history that spans 4 sites and 292 days of history. Dress the part and become part of the story.Read More
Just For Kids
Petersburg National Battlefield has a variety of activities for kids including Junior Ranger, Flat Ranger and Geocaching programs.Read More
Bring the Civil War to Your Classroom
Petersburg National Battlefield staff members work with educators to emphasize the significance of the Siege of Petersburg.Read More
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.